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 is teaching a group of ducklings their first jump into the water directing their turn with a bamboo twig....now it's your turn. The piece was sculptured by Regino Torrijos, introduced in 1993, retired in 1996. Entitled "It's Your Turn".
The girl is attired in a long white shirt with soft mauve top, wide lacey collar and gray-blue apron tied in the back with a large bow. Her pulled-back hair is fastened with a mauve tie. The training equipment is a small wooden tub and washboard.
The figurine measures 6 3/4" in height with the base measuring 6 1/2" in length and 5 1/2" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the Lladro mark of the Lladro bellflower; "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain - @Daisa 1992" and incised "5456". Packed in the original box. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near mint as you will find. A great Lladro sculpture.