> We are offering the exceptionally lovely and wonderfully detailed Lladro figurine "Angel de la Guarda" (the Guardian Angel), which was issued in a limited edition and retired in 1998. Designed by the talented sculptor Francisco Catala, this very large, glazed porcelain sculpture measures approximately 18-1/2 inches in height, 8-1/2 inches wide, and 9-1/2 inches deep. The unusual depth of the figurine is owing to the angel’s monumental wingspan (please see our photos). Like all Lladro figurines, the Guardian Angel was crafted by hand, and is made of hard paste porcelain produced in a highly secretive process that is Lladro's proprietary property. Released in 1997 in a limited edition of 4,000, the Guardian Angel figurines were only available for purchase by the members of the Lladro Collectors Society. Our figurine is numbered 961. No figurines in this edition were produced after 1998.
This impressive sculpture depicts a large angel standing protectively with a child, who holds a bird and a basket of exquisitely crafted flowers. The angel has massive, opalescent wings, that reflect a variety of soft colors. The overall fluidity and drama of the sculpture, the angel’s flowing robes, the expressiveness of the child’s and angel’s faces - these all result in a remarkable piece of porcelain art. Please examine our photographs carefully, and you will agree that this memorable piece of ceramic sculpture is not only in excellent, vintage condition, but is also a worthy example of the high art of Lladro porcelain sculpture.
BRIEF HISTORY: According to the website Lladro from Spain.com, Grupo Lladro S.A. “was founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juán, José and Vicente Lladró, in the village of Almàssera 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 Lladró brothers saw their small workshop expand several times until eventually they moved to Tavernes Blanques in 1958.”
Shipping is FREE for this gorgeous Lladro Guardian Angel to the 48 contiguous United States!