Lladro unveils limited edition “Ram Darbar” for Diwali
Spanish luxury porcelain company Lladró launched a special limited edition sculpture for this Diwali, “Ram Darbar”, at their flagship boutique at Marine Drive. The sculpture was unveiled by Ms Angeles Lladró, vice president of the company and daughter of Juan, the eldest of the three founding Lladró brothers, who is on a visit to India. The visit provided an opportunity for Lladró’s patrons to interact with a member of the Lladró family directly and get her to sign the prebooked sculptures, making the piece of art exclusive for them. Ms Lladró said, “I believe the country is at its high during the festive season, so it’s a pleasure to introduce Ram Darbar just before Diwali. The evolution in our designs and themes is an inspiration from the rich heritage, traditions and customs that exist in India. We take pride in introducing yet another exquisite piece of art and a special collection in form of a Hindu deity, adding to our spirit of India collection.” “Not just this, but Lladró is celebrating its 60th year and we wish to share the joy and happiness of having arrived this far and the desire to continue looking towards the future with newfound excitement. We will be running the road show across the world. The sculptures will range from the 50s till today, narrating the evolution since then,” she said. The exhibition was open for public viewing at the Lodha World One Towers at Lower Parel from October 2-6. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nikhil Lamba, COO, Brand Lladró, SPA Lifestyle Pvt Ltd. said, “We have tried to keep up with the
emerging trends and changing patterns and have been incorporating our customer’s feedback wherever possible. We are pleased to give this new piece of art, much celebrated Hindu deity – Ram Darbar, to our customers and expect a great response and hope that this latest addition in the Lladró portfolio will be accepted enthusiastically like the rest of our creations.” According to a press release from the company, “Ram Darbar” summarizes the best expressions of Lladró’s work and includes the highest level of excellence that the Lladró family has to offer. “The sculptures of Lakshman and Hanuman capture the essence of unflinching devotion to the Divine Couple. Drawing from the Hindu iconography and embellished in finery, both Lakshman and Hanuman are depicted in their traditional posture, next to Ram and kneeling in prayer respectively. This new creation is a limited edition of 1800 pieces and is approx 46 x 29 cm, available worldwide,” it said. “Ram Darbar” is a part of “The Spirit of India” Collection, which includes other sculptures such as Goddess Lakshmi, Ganesha series, Divine Love, Radha Krishna, Lord Krishna, Sacred Cow, Indian dance and so on. Lladró entered India in 2000 and currently has eight boutiques in the country.
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Over the last 12 years, Spain’s famed luxury porcelain company Lladró has been winning Indophiles with its “Spirit of India” collection. The series retains the signature delicate features and soft tones of Lladró’s figurines while incorporating intricate detailing from Indian iconography. “Spirit of India” began with a statuette of Ganesha, and now jostles with sculptures of Buddha, Hindu deities, and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as sundry dancers, sacred cows, and “Hindu children” draped on a baby elephant. Last September, ushering in the festive season in its sixtieth year, Lladró has launched a limited edition of “Ram Darbar,” depicting the Ramayana’s central quartet of Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman. Angeles Lladró, vice-president and daughter of Juan Lladró, eldest of the three brothers who co-founded the company in 1953, visited the Churchgate boutique in Mumbai for the unveiling, where she signed pre-booked sculptures. The edition, approximately 46 x 29cms in size, comprises 1,800 pieces and is available worldwide. “The evolution in our designs and themes is an
inspiration from the rich heritage, traditions, and customs that exist in India,” she said. India is home to eight of Lladró’s boutiques – pieces range from Rs3,500 to Rs1.40 crores – and an online Lladró Gold Club for collectors. The vice-president also announced an international road show celebrating the company’s 60 years, with graphic and audiovisual narration, and an exhibition of sculptures from the 1950s to the present. The road show was open for public viewing at Mumbai’s The Lodha World One Towers in Lower Parel from 11am to 8pm from October 2 to 6. Lladró manages the company with her father and sister Rosa, and worked for a year on setting up New York’s Lladró Museum before returning to Spain to pursue her interest in the elaboration of porcelain. Blouin Artinfo caught up with the vice-president about the diamond jubilee, her insights on the Indian market, and her favorite figurine. What drew Lladró to creating the Ram Darbar collection? As we completed 60 years in this field, we wanted to make something very, very special for India this year and hence Ram Darbar. This is done in order to create the spirit of India. Would you tell us a bit about the research that goes into the Indian figurines? The culture, color, and the rich tradition of India has been a challenge to meet, and also the fine detailing in the pieces, and yet to be respectable of traditions and Gods. We have learnt to add new colors into our creations, and with this the quality of sculpture has gone up and this has enhanced the characteristics of our creations.
Angeles Lladró vice president, unveils limited edition “Ram Darbar” for Diwali
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