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 very young boy sitting on the floor and hugging four baby puppies in his little arms was sculptured by Antonio Ramos, introduced in 1988, retired in 2004. Entitled "New Playmates".
The little boy dressed in his PJ's looks as if he may fall asleep at any moment, while the mother dog looks mellow and calm, yet very alert as she is babysitting all of them today.
The figurine measures 4 1/2" in height with the base measuring 6 1/2" in length and 4 1/2" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the Lladro mark of the Lladro bellflower; "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain - @Daisa 1987" and incised "5456". The original box has the original excelsior packing materials. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near mint as you will find. A great Lladro sculpture.