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KING & QUEEN OF PUGS ( Vintage Mottahedeh Conte & Boehme Reproduction Porcelain Pug Dogs ): If you've seen pictures of famous pug collections you've undoubtedly seen a pair of these large Mottahedeh beauties with black faces, fancy gold and teal trimmed collars and bows, 5 gold bells and either white or tan bodies. Early in my collecting days someone gave me an article with photos of Sylvia Sidney's pug collection. Thereafter I coveted her grumble of Basil Matthews Pugs and this eye-catching pair. Rafi and Mildred Mottahedeh formed their US company in 1929. They were mainly collectors for their first few decades – amassing not only European porcelains, but the largest private collection of Chinese export porcelain in the world! By the late 1950's they began making reproductions of their own collections. In the '60's and '70's they became the most important source of museum reproductions and their pieces, made mainly in Portugal, now decorate the White House along with many famous institutions and homes of the rich and famous. They obviously had a pair of the largest of the famous Conte & Boehme pugs since these are exact replicas except for the coloring and being lighter in weight (see photo of both males). Join the rich and famous and add this Royal Pair of Pugs to your collection!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, scratches or repairs.
Size: Each are 9 1/2” high, 11 1/2” long, 5” wide.



PRINCE of a PUG ( Antique Conta & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): Look at the way this pug stands so proudly. He is obviously pug royalty with his blue and gold striped collar bearing 5 large bells and a large bow. Conta & Boehme was a well known German Porcelain Company during the latter half of the 19th Century - best known for their “fairing” pieces given out as prizes at English country fairs. They also made a large number of pugs which were relatively inexpensive when made – not of the quality of the more famous Meissen & Dresden Pugs. However they have become quite popular collectibles over the years. Most are not hallmarked – however this one is an exception! You can see the C & B short arm sword in a shield hallmark on the bottom of one front paw along with “6” and “1561” & “0” on the bottom of the other. The size of C & B pugs varies from around 2” high up to 9” high. This is one of their larger pugs and has more detail in the molding. The standing pugs are much more rare than the sitting pugs. Don't let this Prince of a Pug get away!

Condition: Excellent. Examined with a black light. There are a few superficial scratches on the left haunch and a minor glaze defect just above the right shoulder. Most of the gold is worn off the bells – almost always the case in antique pugs.
Size: 6 1/4” high, 8” long, 3” wide.



PIPING HOT! ( Antique Pug & Horse Hoof Meerschaum Pipe & Case ): I can just visualize the Victorian gentleman settling down in his favorite chair after dinner wearing his velvet dinner jacket - pug curled in his lap - smoking his favorite pipe which sports this handsomely carved pug. If you sniff the bowl of this pipe, you can almost still smell his flavorful tobacco. This pipe is made of Meerschaum - the perfect material for smoking and carving. Meerschaum is a mineral - magnesium silicate - that is light and porous, creating a cool and smooth smoke. The word is German for “sea foam”. It is cream-colored and darkens with time. The carving is really detailed. You can see the facial features, with tiny glass eyes, and ears all of which have been darkened true to life. And you can see muscles, ribs and a collar. Another wonderful feature is that the pipe bowl is a horse's hoof with a horse shoe in place and the pug's right front leg is resting on the fetlock. The pug and pipe come with their customized black leather case though the hinge is unattached. This pipe shows the great history of our favorite breed – among the more popular for most of 3 centuries.

Condition: The pipe is in excellent condition. The case shows a lot of wear and the hinge is unattached.
Size: Pipe - 4” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide . Pug 1 1/2” high, 1 1/4” long, 5/8” deep. Case 4 7/8” long, 2” high, 1” deep



JOLLY PUG INKWELL ( Vintage Arthur Court Pug Inkwell ): This delightful Brass and Oak Pug Inkwell was made by the Arthur Court US company in 1979. He has been in my personal collection since the 1980's and never fails to make me smile. I like the way he has one leg tucked under him and his cute little curled tail. He could act as a container for almost anything – I chose Jelly Beans – the shape of his body. The polished oak is lovely and the gleaming brass features have great detail with glass eyes. His mouth looks like he is saying “ooh!” He has clipped ears to simulate the famous antique pug inkwells. On his bottom it says “Arthur Court” & “Copyrighted ©”Add him to your collection and I'm sure he will make you smile.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5 1/2” high, 4 5/8” deep, 3” wide. Container 2 1/8” in diameter, 2” deep.



THE SUNDAY BOATERS ( Vintage Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): What a charming couple! They fit in perfectly with my Vienna Bronze collection featuring sporting activities. Don't you love her parasol – and the Swan? I don't remember where I got the swan but I felt it just set off this lovely scene. And notice how my velvet background looks just like waves. The Viennese have been making small bronze “humanized” animal figurines since the early 1900's. We all know why pugs are one of their favorite subjects. Starting in the 1980's the Vienna Bronze companies have been making larger batches, lessening the detail and lowering the price. They are still often made from the old molds, but now are decorated using brighter acrylic paints. On the bottom of the boat this piece bears the hallmark of the Fritz Bermann Company of Vienna (“FB” over a “W” – Vienna is spelled “Wein”) established in 1850. A Serene Scene for any pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. The little spot of missing paint on the bottom is where I removed an old sticker.
Size: 2 5/8” long, 1 3/4” high, 2 3/4” wide. Pugs 1 1/8” high. Swan 1 1/8” long, 1 1/8” high, 3/8” wide.



MATCH MAIDEN: ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Match Holder ): This is a lovely Porcelain Pug Dog Maiden carrying a basket on her back. The basket is attached to her by a beautiful blue ribbon with a big bow in the front. She is actually a match holder with the back of the basket being the striking surface. However I'm sure she would love whatever you put in her basket. How about some violets? She is very nicely modeled and hand painted. I would guess that she is late Victorian. What a sweet expression on her face! And her tongue hangs out a little, just like our Jade's does.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 4” high, 4” long, 2” wide.



MEISSEN’S THREE PLAYFUL PUGS ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dogs ): This Meissen grouping of three playful pugs represents - in my opinion - Meissen’s finest pug motif figurine. It was modeled in the mid-1700’s by Johann Joachim Kändler, generally acknowledged as the greatest Meissen porcelain modeler. He was the prime Meissen artist from 1733 to 1775. Pugs were a favorite of August the Strong of Saxony, founder of Meissen, and his aristocratic friends. Thus they were also a favorite of Kändler - often appearing at the feet or on the lap of his human figurines. These 3 pugs epitomize the special skill Kändler had for molding animals in action. We can all recognize how realistic the playful positions of these pugs are. Additional rare features epitomizing Kändler's skill are the separately made collars and teeth of 2 of the pugs. (see close-ups) The collars are lavender, blue and peach colored with a bow in the back. All bear the golden bells which add beauty and value to Meissen pug figurines. The Meissen Manufactory, located 25 km from Dresden, escaped the WW II destruction of almost all Dresden porcelain companies, allowing us to continue to appreciate Meissen’s great 18th & 19th Century porcelains. Meissen pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and decorated by some of Germany’s finest porcelain artists. Besides bearing the famous Meissen blue crossed swords hallmark there is a faint brownish smaller copy which is actually incised. Also "78836" (the model number) and an impressed “401D”. The “D” indicates it was “thrown” in 1983 from the the original mold dating back to the mid-1700's. The painted “3212” probably designates the artist. The pugs are gallivanting on a grass-covered base. Make this classic piece part of your collection!

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Size: Each pug is 3 1/2" long and 1 3/4" to 2 1/2" high.
The base is 6 1/2" long, 4" wide & 7/8" high.
Total height - 3 1/2".





FAUX-MEISSEN PUG PAIR ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): Up until the mid-nineteenth century, when patent laws were strengthened, some makers of fine porcelain actually copied Meissen pugs and used various hallmarks that could pass as those of Meissen. After that they simply copied the popular Meissen models, such as pugs seated on a floral decorated base and a pup peaking out from under mom's legs, but made no attempt to copy the exact pug appearance or the hallmark. These pugs fall in the latter category. (Don't you love mom's curly hair in the back – and dad's thinning hair?) My guess is they were made in the late 1800's due to their cropped ears but I was unable to find the wreath with initials “JR” hallmark on my Google search or my book search. As you can see from my photo with the soda can, they are nice sized and will make a relatively rare (the only ones I have seen) and charming addition to your collection for much less than a Meissen pair.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Female 7 5/8” high, 7 1/2” long, 5 3/8” wide.
Male 7 3/8” high, 8 1/4” long, 5 3/4” wide.





CAT-FACED PUG PAIR ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): These two Cat-Faced Antique Pugs were not actually made as a pair but they look very nice together. These were inexpensive 19th Century Pugs made for the common man. They are posed like Staffordshire Pugs, designed to decorate one's mantle. They should be part of any pug collection.

Condition: Very good. As is usual for antique pugs, much of the gold paint has rubbed off of the collar and bells. The pug on the right has several tiny dark pits in the glaze – original to the piece.
Size: Both are 4 1/2” high, 3” long, 2 1/2” wide





AUSTRIAN PORCELAIN PUG POT ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Pot ): What do you do with this handsome Victorian-style Pug Pot? Personally, I would fill it with jelly beans, but it was probably made to hold a plant or use as a sugar bowl. Of course, you might just enjoy displaying this antique pug. He was nicely molded and hand painted in their classical orange and black colors by the Porcelain Factory “Victoria” Schmidt & Co. of Altrohlau, Austria (1891 - 1918). Their hallmark is on the bottom. I know the trademark says “Carlsbad, Austria”. Carlsbad (actually spelled Karlsbad) was used because Carlsbad was the center of Bohemia's porcelain industry and familiar to foreigners. Using “Carlsbad” rather than “Altrohlau” improved sales to Westerners. Altrohlau, Bohemia, Austrian Empire is now Stara Role, Czech Republic. I like knowing this little bit of its history.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks or chips. Various specks of black paint in glaze.
Size: 3 1/4” high, 3 1/2” wide, 4 1/4” deep. Opening 2” in diameter.





HANDSOME CAT-FACED PUG: ( Antique European Porcelain Pug Dog ): The dealer from whom I bought this lovely old Porcelain Pug confidently proclaimed the pug was made in Germany in the early 19th century. I suspect he was right except it was probably the late 19th Century. Pugs hit their only low point in Western popularity over the past 3 ½ Centuries in the early 1800's. Regardless, he is a very nicely made old porcelain pug of what I would call medium quality - nice molding with a fair amount of detail and few flaws. He is nicely decorated, but not with the great detail of Meissen or Dresden Pug Dogs. He is one of what I call “Cat Faced” Pugs and he also has a cat-like curled tail. My best advice for collectors - buy the pugs you like. That way you’ll never be disappointed. This one “spoke to me”.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs - only the usual wearing away of much of the gilt from the bells on his blue collar and some specks of black paint in the glaze in back.
Size: 5 1/4” high, 3 1/2” long, 2 1/2” deep.





HOW DO YOU DO? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug & Spitz Nodder ): This German Antique Bisque Pug & White Spitz has always been among my favorites and you may have seen it on my site in the past. But this one is extra special! It is one of the quite rare “nodders”. The Spitz is the one who nods, you can see the head removed among my photos. It has a weighted bottom allowing it to nod on a metal rod through the neck. I have one in my personal collection, but beyond that this is only the second I have ever seen. Both dogs are very nicely molded. The Pug appears to be looking up at the Spitz, probably in awe about how he can nod! They are slip cast and the soft bisque surface is obtained by only giving it one final firing. There is the number "3" marked inside the open base. I hope you take this opportunity to add this relatively rare piece, in wonderful condition, to your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. German-made with fine detailing.
Size: Pug 2 3/4” tall. Spitz 4 1/4” tall. Base 3 3/8” wide, 2” deep, 3/4” high. Total height 5”.





COMPLIMENTARY PUG ( Antique Pug Paperweight ): This charming, gold painted Pug in a Barrel was made by the Lancaster Silver Plate Company of Lancaster, PA. Since it burned down in 1893 we can assume he was made at an earlier date. Few Americans of that time could afford the luxury of Sterling Silver items so Silver Plated ware was very popular. This pug, with his tail poking out of a knothole in the barrel, has “Compliments Lancaster Silver Plate Co” printed around the base. He has lovely amber colored faceted crystal eyes. I believe such eye-catching items were given to dealers to help advertise their company's wares. This charmer could be set on a counter for customers to admire or be used by the boss as a paperweight. In any case, he will make a rare and eye-catching pug for your collection!

Condition: Very good. A significant amount of the gold paint has rubbed off, but what can you expect for a 125 year old pug?
Size: 3 1/2” high, barrel roughly 1 1/2” in diameter, base 2 1/4” in diameter.





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