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 Salvador Debon is entitled "Going Forth", issued in 1996 and retired in 2000. It portrays a young boy wearing her blue/gray cap in gown and clutching his diploma in his right hand and a large book with his left. both hands held against her chest. Having just received his diploma he has that devilish look on his young face as if to say "you didn't think I could do it'.
The figurine measures 7 1/4" in height, 2 1/2" from front to back and 3 3/4" in width. Stamped in dark blue with the Lladro "Bellflower" and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain - Daisa 1995" with the copyright symbol. It carries the incised pattern number "6772" and "C13F". 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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