Ask a Worthologist: Lladró Ballet Dancers Figurine

WorthPoint member Denise J. purchased a Lladró figurine from a bankruptcy sale of a jewelry store. When she couldn’t find it in a current catalog, she engaged Worthpoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to find out if it is a discontinued item and, therefore, worth more. Worthologist Mike Wilcox was given the assignment and he was report back to Denise that she was right.

WorthPoint member Denise J. purchased a Lladró figurine from a bankruptcy sale of a jewelry store. She believes it must have been old stock because it isn’t listed in any current Lladró catalogs and wonders if it’s worth more because it appears to be out of production. Her question was sent to our “Ask a Worthologist” service and forwarded on to me.

Here’s her question:

“We had a jewelry store going out of business at our local mall and they were clearing out the store inventory with a bankruptcy sale. By the time I got there, many of the items I might have been interested in were already sold, but they were still unpacking items that had been in storage, including this Lladró figurine. They had it listed for $200, but I offered $150 and got it. I tried to find a listing for it in the current Lladró catalogs, but could not find one to match it. I’m not sure how old it is. It could be old stock , as the store had been open since the 1970s and the box they pulled it out of was very dusty. If it is an old model and no longer available, will that make it more valuable?”

Here’s my response:

In answer to your request, no Lladró figurine would be considered as “old,” as collectibles go. Lladró as a company only dates back to the 1950s. Lladró was founded in 1953 by Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in the village of Almassera, which is located near Valencia, Spain. Originally, the brother produced vases and jugs, and figurine production didn’t begin until 1956.

Based on the images you sent, your figural group is called “Alegre Ballet” (model 5035) and it was designed by Salvador Debón. You are correct about this one being old stock and discontinued. It was originally issued with a Matt glaze from 1979-1991 and also offered in a gloss glaze from 1979-2004.

As a discontinued example, it does get a boost in value; to collectors of Lladró, it’s the examples that are no longer in production and were only made for a short period that are the most sought after. That said, this one is not terribly rare, being in production for about 25 years, but in the current market, this model retails in the $875-$1,200 range, and at auction this model has sold in the $350-$475 range.

Mike Wilcox, of Wilcox & Hall Appraisers, is a Worthologist who specializes in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Craft movement.

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