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 girl with lawn rack and her pet kitten was sculptured by Antonio Ramos, introduced in 1985, retired in 2007. Titled "Fall Clean-Up" it is "Caer Limpieza" in Spanish.
The darling young girl is busy raking the fallen leaves of fall. Attired in cap and dress in shades of mauve, rose, gray and white, she works away as her pet gray and white kitten lays near her feet. The backdrop is a tall lawn lamp-post, picket fence and greenery.
The figurine measures 12 3/4" in height and rest on a base measuring 6 1/4" in length and 5 1/2" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the sixth Lladro mark which featured the famous Lladro bellflower and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain - @Daisa 1985", as well as several incised marks; circa 1984-1989. The original box is not available. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A great Lladro sculpture.
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