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 darling figurines portraying young individuals. This sculpture by Francisco Catala is entitled "Girl Graduate", issued in 1984 and retired in 2008. It portrays a young girl wearing her blue/gray cap in gown and clutching her diploma with both hands held against her chest. Having just received her diploma she has returned to her chair and has a relaxed, relieved look of contentment and accomplishment on her face.
The figurine measures 10" in height, 5" from front to back and 3 1/2" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the Lladro "Bellflower" and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain - Daisa 1983" with the copyright symbol. It carries the incised pattern number "1599" and "F19F". The original box is not available. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near mint as you will find. A darling Lladro sculpture that would make a wonderful memento to that new graduate in your life.
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