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reSettling Life's Treasures

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Considered some of the most intricately-designed pieces still available today, Capodimonte lamps are exquisite. Hand-crafted out of only the finest materials, more and more collectors are searching for these beautiful pieces to add to their collections. With so many options for design, size and style, Capodimonte lamps are proving to be very popular, no matter the style. From large Victorian pieces to small table lamps, Capodimonte is a staple for elegant and sophisticated style.

About Capodimonte Porcelain

The lamps and many other Capodimonte products are constructed out of fine Italian porcelain. Capodimonte was a factory in Naples, Italy, started in the mid-1700's, later moving to Madrid years later. Their original signature mark was a blue fleur-de-lys, and is best known for their detailed figurines. Many products have been produced by Capodimonte, including lamps, chandeliers and decorative pieces, and many of these pieces are very popular among collectors today.

Capodimonte Lamps

Intricate and ornate, these special lamps come in a variety of styles and designs, and are constructed of only the best materials, including:

 ·       Brass

·       Porcelain

·       Marble

·       Velvet

 Made of only the finest Italian porcelain, Capodimonte lamps have stood the test of time and are still widely available online for avid collectors.

Capodimonte Lamp Designs

There are many unique designs and signature marks of the Capodimonte brand. The fleur-de-lys was the first signature mark and later, more marks came into existence, like the crown mark that can still be seen today. Capodimonte lamps come in a variety of different designs, including:

·       Victorian women

·       Animals

·       Floral designs

·       Cherubs

 Some lamps are small table lamps, while others are large standing lamps. No matter the size, the ornately-designed pieces are perfect to add style and elegance to a space. Many collectors choose to showcase these pieces at shows or at auctions. Some are just aficionados of the Capodimonte brand and choose to collect them for their home. Either way, the Capodimonte brand lives on.

The Capodimonte Legacy

Finding pieces that are still in existence today and are in impeccable condition can be a challenge with many vintage products, but Capodimonte lamps have stood the test of time. Many of these lamps are for sale online and at auctions and are very popular additions to any space, traditional or contemporary. It can be difficult to find a piece that can complement any space.

reSettling Life’s Treasures – Lladro Porcelain

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In honor of our upcoming auction, which includes over 50 of these figurines, we are discussing the unique pieces of Lladro porcelain.

Considering its large following and collectability, Lladro porcelain got its start relatively recently, in 1953. Three Lladro brothers, Juan, Jose, and Vicente, combined their artistic talents and started created plates, vases, and figures in Almassera, Spain. At the time, they found their inspiration in the other great ceramic artists throughout Europe.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that their signature look started taking shape. The brothers began experimenting with elongating the lines in their figurines, giving them a contemporary, more elegant look. They also switched from triple-firing to a single-firing technique that left the colors pastel instead of bright. In 1965, they brought this unique look to the U.S. for the first time. Their first U.S. gallery and museum was opened in 1988 on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and their second opened in 1997 on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Creating a Lladro figurine is not a quick process. Each piece starts with a picture, from which an artist sculpts a clay model. The model is reproduced roughly in alabaster, sculptors carve the intricate details to create the molds. This process alone can take up to five years.

Once the molds are complete, liquid porcelain is poured into molds representing different sections of the figurine. The exact formulas for Lladro porcelain is a closely guarded secret, but it includes feldspar, quartz, and kaolin. Different proportions of these components are used for different purposes. The pieces are assembled and painted after the porcelain dries and fired at 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. During the firing process, the more complicated and delicate figurines are supported with porcelain pieces to keep them from breaking in the kiln.

Each completed figurine is given a name in Spanish and in English; the names often have different meanings rather than the English one being a direct translation. The names of pieces are also often changed partway throughout the line, which can sometimes make them difficult for collectors to identify.

In addition to their recognizable figurines, Lladro makes other lines of porcelain:

·         Jewelry – necklaces, earrings, pins, hair clips

·         Lighting – table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, pendant lights, chandeliers

·         Home accessories – candleholders, vases, bowls, trays, teacups, salt and pepper shakers,            mirrors

Throughout the decades, Lladro’s subjects have included flowers, human figures, animals, and religious traditions. The 21st century brought with it new concepts, including pieces with a matte white finish, black-and-white creations, and pieces with bright colors rather than pastels, showing Lladro’s ability to progress and create new art.

Whether you prefer the muted pastels from decades past that made them recognizable, or the bright colors or monochromatic palettes of their more recent creations, Lladro figurines can make a unique collection. Check out our upcoming auction that includes Asian and Christmas figurines, and a piece of talismania jewelry from Lladro.

To view these beautiful items in part one of our upcoming auction, click here.