The Lladro Porcelain company was founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro, in the village of Almassera near Valencia. Starting with items such as vases and jugs, it wasn't until 1956 that they started producing the sculptures for which they are now most famous. Enthusiasm for the items produced by the Lladro brothers saw their small workshop expand several times until eventually they moved to Tavernes Blanques in 1958.
Among their wide variety of quality sculptures are rare figurines portraying people with animals. This particular sculpture of a young calf and caring farmers wife was sculptured by Salvador Furio, introduced in 1972, retired in 1981. Titled "Caressing A Young Calf" it is "Acariciando El Becerrito" in Spanish.
The young, white and tan spotted calf is lying down as a caring farmers' wife kneels down with outstretched hands to comfort the infant. The lady is dressed in soft shades of tan and tan with white fringed shawl over her shoulders. A pail of milk sits on her left side, undoubtedly lunch for the calf.
The figurine measures 8" in height and rest on a base measuring 7 3/8" in length and 5 3/8" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the third Lladro mark which featured the famous Lladro bellflower and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain", as well as several incised marks; circa 1971-1974. The original box is not available. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A great Lladro sculpture.
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