Judy Jay's

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Pug Figurines: PP255 A & B

STAFFORDSHIRE “BLACK” BEAUTIES ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Nineteenth Century Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs in good condition are hard to come by. I’m sure you all see many of the Staffordshire King Charles Spaniels. Clive Mason Pope’s “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” pictures only 3 different pugs (pp. 144 & 145), with this gorgeous pair head and shoulders above the others in quality, style and size. (Photo from book included.) He dates them circa 1880. Small potteries in the English county of Staffordshire started making large numbers of King Charles Spaniels, Queen Victoria’s favorite, in the 1830’s. Other breeds soon followed. They were known as “comforters”, meant for the mantels of all Englishmen – high & low. Unlike most Staffordshire dogs, these pugs are beautifully molded with great detail. They sport golden collars and gold highlights in the grass between their legs. Glass eyes were first used in Staffordshire dogs in the 1860’s and they quickly became the most highly sought after. These are the only Staffordshire Pugs with glass eyes. This lovely pair is slightly different from the others I have seen. They are easily the closest to “black” pugs – almost never seen among antique pug figurines. Condition: Excellent. I have shown a close-up of the face of the “male” pug on the right for you to see a small defect in the glaze of the left inner brow. I only found it by feel, not sight. Even when examined with a “black” light it barely shows up. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. The round hole seen in the back of the “female” pug is a firing hole. Some loss of gold from collars & grass. Size: Pug on right 11 ¼” high, on left 11” high. Both 9 ½” long, 4 ½” deep.

 

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