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Pug Figurines: PP389

CLASSY CLASSIC STAFFORDSHIRE PUG ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dog ): If you are a serious Pug collector or serious Staffordshire Porcelain collector – this pug is for you. Though an avid pug collector for 30 years, I have not collected the finer antique Staffordshire Pugs, except for the large gray ones with glass eyes. However, collectors have asked me about them, so I now seek them out for re-sale. I found this handsome lad at a recent high quality Antique Show for a reasonable price. My research on Staffordshire Pugs led me to the book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” by Clive Mason Pope. He pictures only 3 styles of pugs – the large gray ones mentioned, this one which he dates to 1875 (page 145 – see photos) and another standing pug. They were made in small shops in Staffordshire, starting in the mid 1800’s and often decorated by children. They weren’t made for the export market – like the German pugs – but made for the mantles of ordinary Englishmen and often called “comforters”. Anthony Oliver, in his book on Staffordshires, said “Staffordshire Figures were the last genuine folk art produced in Britain.” Thanks to Queen Victoria – and by extension Staffordshire – dogs became part of English Victorian families. They only had to earn their keep by giving love and joy – just as our pugs today. Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is fine crazing of the glaze. Personally, I think that adds character to antique dogs. Much of the gold has worn off the locket of his collar. Size: 9 1/2” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” deep.

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