Spanish Radha-Krishna for $5,000

New York, November 2:

After a series of Ganesha figurine that was released two years ago, Spanish art house Lladro has brought a Radha-Krishna series into the market that has drawn both artistic acclaim and large profits.

“Radha-Krishna is the latest in a series of two limited editions. The first, Lord Ganesha, is sold out. The new edition is almost sold out, but we do have a couple of pieces that will be available for delivery this fall,” the Valencia-based firm said in an announcement.

Eyebrows were raised when Lladro announced its decision to bring out its series of Hindu deities. However, the firm insists they have huge interest in India.

“We have been looking for new designs and see Asia as an inspiring region. As a first step, we chose Ganesha, the god of new beginnings. Radha-Krishna is the second piece in the line,” said David Lladro, the youngest son of one of the founders of the firm and a member of the company’s administrative board.

The Radha-Krishna figurine, with a fond cow nuzzling at their feet, is being sold for $5,000 apiece, while most Lladro creations come at tenth of that price. Produced in a limited edition of 3,000, there are only a few pieces of the figurine left now, claimed the firm.

Lladro brothers - Juan, Jose and Vincente started the firm in 1951, which now exports porcelain creations to more than 100 countries. Around 2,000 artisans work in Lladro’s ‘City of Porcelain’ at a small town on the outskirts of the city of Valencia.