Judy Jay's

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Pug Figurines: PP403

MIGHTY MEISSEN ( Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): Part of my love for Meissen Pugs stems from their history. Meissen was the first European Porcelain Company (1710 – present) to figure out the secret of making hard paste porcelain (a technique known to China & Japan for centuries). What makes this really special for pug collectors is the emphasis on pugs made by Meissen in general and Johann Joachim Kaendler, their most famous porcelain artist, in particular. Meissen was commissioned to create an entire series of exquisite porcelain pug figurines to serve as secret emblems for the German underground Freemason lodge know as the "Lodge of the Order of the Pug" – made up of the crème de la crème of the local Saxony aristocracy. The original molds for many of today’s Meissen Pugs were made in the 1700’s. Others were added in the 1800’s. Initially Meissen had little serious competition, so hallmarks were not really important to them. Dresden companies, and others across Europe, unabashedly copied Meissen form, figures and decorations and even used crossed swords trademarks similar to Meissen's. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that patent laws were made strong enough to protect hallmarks. Meissen Pugs, as well as other pug figurines of the day, had longer muzzles and legs and clipped ears – popular until Queen Victoria, an early pug lover, outlawed the practice as inhumane. ------ The rest of my “brief” Meissen Pug History doubled the length of this description, so I will save it until I put up my next Meissen Pug. Suffice it to say, I love the sense of history that Meissen Pugs attach to our pugs. (Just compare this pug’s “beauty” spot with that of you own!) This young fellow is an excellent example of the perfect molding and fine detailed decoration found in the Meissen Pug. His beauty (not to mention his value) is enhanced by the golden bells decorating his blue collar. Besides the crossed swords Meissen Hallmark, he has “98694” (model) impressed in his base, “3210” painted in red (artist) and “Ah” (date “thrown” – early this century).

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 3/4" high, 3 1/4" long, 1 3/4" deep.

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