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 darling figurines portraying young individuals. This particular sculpture of a young boy and girl sitting on a lawn bench by Francisco Polope for the Lladro Society; entitled "Ten & Growing". She is trying to kiss the young lad on the cheek and by the look on his face is could very well be his 'first kiss' from a special girl.
The figurine of young love portrays a cute young miss attired in white party dress with mauve and blue-gray trim, wide mauve waist band tied with a bow in the back and gray slippers. Her long, light brown hair is pulled into a pony-tail and tied with a gray ribbon. The young lad is dressed in his 'Sunday Best', gray slacks, medium tan jacket with brown lapel and cuffs, white shirt, mauve and gray patterned tie and tan shoes.
The figurine. made for the 10th anniversary of the Lladro Society, measures 7 1/2" in height and 7" in length. Stamped in black with Society Circle Mark, and in dark blue with Lladro "Bellflower" and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain", also incised pattern number "7635". In the original box, There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near mint as you will find. A darling Lladro sculpture.
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