Lladro unveils limited edi­tion “Ram Dar­bar” for Diwali

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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.

De­signer Spot­light: An­ge­les Lladró on the In­dia Se­ries

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.


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