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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Flower's Whisper

This is a Lladró figurine called "A Flower's Whisper."

It is handcrafted in fine porcelain in the ancient tradition of, um, fine porcelain figurine-making.

The Lladró brothers began their careers in a tile factory in Spain, then struck out on their own to build a little Moorish kiln in the courtyard of their rustic family villa to pursue their dream of fine porcelain figurining. They describe their artistic aims in these gentle platitudes: "We want our works to be elegant, expressive, to exude life and have feelings. We want them to reflect the good side of life, the positive values of human beings, everything that dignifies life."

These soulful, creative brothers are alchemists, turning kaolin (aluminium silicate) and petunse (aluminium and potassium silicate) into accessible, beautiful, collectible objets d'art for more than 4000 worldwide points of sale. They are masters of their craft.

"A Flower's Whisper" is 14.5" tall, just as tall as it should be, perfectly scaled, handpainted, smooth, kind of glossy, both ideal and representational, and undeniably beautiful. It'll run you about $425.00 US.

Yet, I find myself unattracted. WTF is wrong with me?!?

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