Judy Jay's

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Phone: 210-690-8454

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Pug Figurines: PP553

MYSTERY MEISSENS ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dogs ): This particular model of the Scratching Meissen Pug is one of Meissen's most popular. The original mold was most likely made in the 1700's by Johann Joachim Kändler, generally acknowledged as the greatest German porcelain artist. He was the prime Meissen artist from 1733 to 1775. These two pugs epitomize the special skill Kändler had for molding animals in action. The mystery behind these two beautiful blanc de Chine (literally "white of China") pugs is what were they originally made for and when. Though not bearing a hallmark, I have two of this model in my personal collection and have absolutely no doubt that these were made from the Meissen mold. None are positioned exactly the same since they could be repositioned before cooling. In the 1700's and early 1800's Meissen had little local competition and was known to sell undecorated, unmarked models to Dresden porcelain artists. Hallmark laws became strict in the mid-1800's. I can't believe two pugs this delicate made prior to that time would be in this perfect of condition. I think these two pugs were inset into a box or other objet d'art as decoration and made sometime in the 20th Century. This would explain the flat rectangular base (not seen as part of other Meissen pugs) with minimal glaze on the bottom made to fit into that shaped depression and the lack of a hallmark. I'd like to think it was part of a gloriously decorated item made for royalty! My guess is that you will never see such a pair of pugs again.

Layaway available for all purchases over $200.00.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Each pug roughly 2 1/2” high, 1 3/4” wide, 1 3/4” deep. Base 3 5/8” wide, 2 1/2” deep, 1/4” high.

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