Judy Jay's

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Phone: 210-690-8454

Fax: 210-699-4492

Pug Figurines: PP601

BLACK BASIL BEAUTY ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Black Pug Dog ): I own and have sold many Basil Matthews Pugs over the years, but this is the very first black one I’ve been able to offer. She has a precious expression on her face – somewhat comical as are most of the Matthews Pugs – and is seated on a royal blue cushion decorated with blue bachelor buttons and green vines. A gold stripe surrounds the flowered top. Since his figurines were all hand decorated, no two are exactly alike, so yours will always be unique. He started producing his fanciful little figures in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in 1946. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, along with several other honors. Now deceased (1985), his little beauties have become harder to find and even more valuable. There is usually a green felt pad on the bottom and when missing I usually replace it. I did not do so on this pug because the original red sticker with “Basil Matthew Studio” & “Made in England” is on the bottom and I did not want to risk damaging it. The base is signed “Basil Matthews” and the bottom is smooth so it will not scratch your shelf. No pug collection is complete without at least one Basil Matthew Pug – and preferably more. Don’t miss out on this rare Black Beauty!

Condition: Excellent. The irregular shape of the tip of the left ear is not a chip. It is covered with glaze, thus original to the piece.
Size: Total height 2 1/2". Pug 2” high, 2” long. Base 2 1/2" long, 1 3/4” deep.

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