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PP537

QUEEN of the C & B PUGS ( Antique Conta & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): Most pug owners have been told “She’s so ugly she’s cute”. That phrase may fit these C & B pugs. They become lovely in our eyes. This one sports a collar decorated with 2 blue stripes and a central gold stripe, along with 5 large bells and a large bow. The German Conte & Boehme Porcelain Company did not make the high quality, perfectly molded pugs like those produced in Meissen, Dresden & Nymphenburg. Their figurines of all types were made for the common folk and were relatively inexpensive so most were not hallmarked. These C & B Pugs were made in the latter part of the 1800’s, with the large models much less common than the smaller 3" to 5" pugs. This is the largest – thus the “Queen”.

Condition: Excellent. Not even the light scuffs that most C & B's have.
Size: 8 1/2” high, 10” long, 5 1/4” wide.

SOLD!

PP777

PUG'S TREASURE CHEST ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Talk about spoiled pugs, these 3 even have their own treasure chest of toys. But you can see they have learned how to spell out “PUG” with their blocks! Those of you who are a big fan of Eve's pugs, as I am, will recognize her Teddy Bear peeking out of the chest. Eve molds each of her pugs individually by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Some in my collection were commissioned by my dear wife to give to me at Christmas so it may actually be a unique model. Eve's hallmark can be seen on the back edge. The bottom is covered with felt to prevent scratching.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 10” long, 7” wide, 5” high & very heavy

SOLD!

PP285

SUPREME DRESDEN DUO ( Carl Thieme 8 1/2” Dresden Porcelain Pug Pair ): This is not a true Thieme Pug pair so they may be purchased individually or as a pair – as many collectors prefer. They were made by the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, a suburb of Dresden, from still existing 19th Century molds using the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated. Both proudly wear their gold trimmed pink collars with golden bells. My photos can’t do justice to their beauty, but study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of their legs. Though impossible to show in my photos - besides the painted hair they have fine hair in their glaze. The pupils of their eyes are not just painted, but also in the mold. Thieme Pugs match the Meissen pugs in quality. Both bear the Thieme hallmark with “Dresden” beneath.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs.
Size: Female 8 1/2" high, 8 1/2" long, 5 1/2” deep. Male 8 1/4” high, 8 1/2” long, 5 1/2” deep.

ON LAYAWAY!

PM088

PEN PAL PUG ( Antique Carved Wood Pug Inkwell ): This beautifully carved late 19th Century (Victorian) Pug Head Inkwell will make a wonderful addition to any pug collection. I particularly like his tiny white teeth. I rarely saw these at the antique shows I attended, much less saw one I could afford. You can see this one was well used by all the spattered black ink. He comes from the Black Forest area of Germany. Besides the fine carving he has a leather collar with red felt backing, a real metal buckle and gorgeous large glass eyes. The bottom had a leather pad on it, but it is almost worn away, again a sign he was well used. Don’t pass up this gem!

Condition: Very good considering his age. Lots of ink spatters, some wear of the collar and much wear of the leather pad on the bottom. Internal ink container is missing.
Size: 4" high, 4" deep, 3” wide.

300.00

PB157

ANTIQUE 12 PIECE VIENNA BRONZE PUG BAND: It seems appropriate that the Viennese, famed for their music, should create this wonderful, whimsical pug motif which became very popular in the early 1920’s and continues to hold the position of prominence in any collection of Vienna Bronze Pugs. Yes, I know that these were always made as 10 piece bands but for my personal collection I added one additional instrumentalist (I honestly can't tell which) and the pianist with his baby grand piano. Note the musical scores of the Maestro, Vocalist & Pianist – probably "The Pug Marching Song" from Milo and Otis. And note the candles to light the music of the pianist in a dark theater. This band has the high quality molding of the lost wax technique and traditional poly-chrome cold painting – yet has only mild paint loss and no broken parts – commonly found in the older bands. The word “AUSTRIA” is imprinted on the back of the string base along with “GESHUTZT”, which means “protected” (i.e. copyright or patented) and on the rear of that pug artist is imprinted “P1” and the hallmark “H”.

Condition: Excellent. Minimal loss of paint on most, somewhat more on piano & pianist. No broken or missing parts.
Size: All the pugs are 1 1/2" to 1 5/8” tall with the instruments making some higher. The piano is 1 ¾” long, 1 1/2” wide, 1 1/4” high.

ON LAYAWAY!

PB055

SKITTLE PLAYING PUGS ( Antique Vienna Bronze Bowling Pug Dogs ): Rare and charming, these 3 pugs are playing the pendulum form of 9 pin skittles that could be easily set up in the Austrian village square. The quality and detail of the sculpting of the old poly-chrome cold painted Vienna Bronzes far surpasses that of the new acrylic painted ones now dominating the market. Imprinted on the rear of 2 of the pugs is “P1” & the hallmark “H”. On the base of the bowling stand is “AUSTRIA” and the word “GESHUTZT” meaning “protected” (i.e. copyright or patented).

Condition: Very good. Mild amount of paint loss.
Size: 3” high, 2 7/8” wide, 2 1/8” deep. Pugs are 1 3/4” high.

ON LAYAWAY!

PB064

PUG GOLFERS ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): Fore! Better watch out for this pair of golfers. In the early 20th century the Austrians changed their very realistic Vienna Bronze Pugs of the 19th century into human caricatures - doing all types of wonderful human activities. These pug golfers are particularly special since they were made by the Franz Bergmann Foundry – the most famous of Vienna Bronze artists. It was founded in 1860. They have the high quality molding of the lost wax technique and traditional poly-chrome cold painting. The base is imprinted with his famous Urn containing a “B” hallmark and the country of origin, “AUSTRIA”.

Condition: Excellent. Some paint worn off the flag stick.
Size: Total size 2 1/2” high, 3 1/8” wide, 2 1/2” deep. The pugs are 1 1/2” high.

$125.00

PP017

NYMPHENBURG CHAMPION ( Nymphenburg Porcelain Pug Dog ): Of all the German-made fine hard paste porcelain pug dog figurines, I've found those by Nymphenburg the most difficult to find. All the antique style pugs have long legs and muzzles compared to our pugs of today but Nymphenburg Pugs are the most delicate. I have a Nymphenburg Catalog which details how that is achieved. Each part has its separate mold and then the disparate pieces are “glued” together with porcelain “mass” and all the rough areas smoothed before the first firing. This pug was made from at least 7 molds. The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, located in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, was founded in 1747. The Bavarian Coat of Arms hallmark is imprinted on the bottom and surrounded with the words “PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR - NYMPHENBURG”. The coat of arms is also impressed along with the numbers “471” and “26”. The numbers “66/25” and “120” are painted on it. Though he was made in the 20th Century, his molds date back to the 19th Century. Don't miss this chance to own a true Champion!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Pug – 4 1/4” high, 4 1/2" long, 2 1/4" deep. Base 4 1/2” long, 2 1/2” deep.

SOLD!

PP773

HANDSOME DRESDEN DUO ( Carl Thieme 7” Dresden Porcelain Pug Pair ): These handsome pugs are made from two of only seven remaining 19th Century Dresden Pug molds of the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, established in 1867. Though probably not a true pair they look perfect together. Thieme pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated just as they were 150 year ago. Study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of there legs. I am unable to show it in the photos but there is hair in the glaze all over their bodies. They have lavender collars lined in gold bearing six gold bells. Thieme Pugs match the famous Meissen pugs in quality. Unfortunately the male met with an accident somewhere along the line and has a very significant U-shaped crack in the glaze on the back of his neck. (See photo) Thus the low price. Both bear the Thieme hallmark with “Dresden” below it. Don't miss this great bargain.

Condition: Female excellent. Male has a large U-shaped crack in the glaze on the back of his neck. Does not show from front.
Size: Female 7" high, 7" long, 4 3/4” wide. Male 6 5/8” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.

$300.00

For The Pair

PP251

DRESDEN MALE PUG ( Carl Thieme 7” Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome pug is made from one of only seven remaining 19th Century Dresden Pug molds of the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, established in 1867. Thieme pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated just as they were 150 year ago. Study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of his legs. I am unable to show it in the photos but there is hair in the glaze all over his body. He has a lavender collar lined in gold bearing six gold bells. Thieme Pugs match the famous Meissen pugs in quality. He bears the Thieme hallmark with “Dresden” below it and “68” the mark of the artist. The model number “E1457T” in impressed

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 6 5/8” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide

ON LAYAWAY!

PP543

BUBBLE BATHING PUGS ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): I don't know where Eve gets all the wonderful old fashioned looking “tubs” she uses for her Bubble Bathers. The red roses on this one add the perfect touch. And how does she balance that bubble on her paw? Her sister wants to get into the act. I wish our pugs were this well behaved when we bathe them! Eve molds these pugs by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Her hallmark can be seen on the bottom of the tub. There is a felt pad around the rim to prevent scratching.

Condition:Excellent.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 7” long, 4 1/4” wide.

ON LAYAWAY!

PB133

FIERCE CROUCHING PUG: ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): I love this little fellow – acting as if he is a fierce pug. Ha! Though it’s impossible to precisely date Vienna Bronze Pugs, those representing humans in various activities were not made until the early 20th century. Prior to that all Vienna Bronze animals were very realistic. The age of this pug can also be judged by the very detailed casting – right down to his darling tiny teeth and the hair of his coat. You can tell he is solid bronze by his weight. He was originally cold painted but some previous owner decided to buff off the undoubtedly worn paint leaving him a lovely gold color. Serious Vienna Bronze collectors might be appalled but I like the results.

Condition: Very good if you don't mind his paint buffed off. There is mild to moderate wear on his back
Size: 3 1/2” long, 1 3/4” high, 1 1/4” wide.

$150.00

PB156

LARGE ANTIQUE VIENNA BRONZE PUG: Though it’s impossible to precisely date Vienna Bronze Pugs, those representing humans in various activities were not made until the early 20th century. Prior to that all Vienna Bronze animals were very realistic such as this one. The age of this pug can also be judged by the very detailed casting – right down to all his wrinkles and the hair of his coat. He was painted tan with black ears, eyes and mask. I say “was” because there has been significant wear, particularly of the black areas. He is definitely solid bronze - being quite heavy. These larger Vienna Bronzes are quite rare finds.

Condition: Good. He has a lot of wear of his paint, particularly the black areas.
Size: 3 1/2” tall, 4 3/8” long, 1 1/2” wide.

$150.00

PP240

FAUX MEISSEN PUG PAIR ( Antique Male & Female with Pup Porcelain Pug Dogs ): I have collected and sold a number of pugs that deliberately copied the pose and appearance of Meissen pugs over the years but all of them had the hallmarks of their respective companies. This is the first pair I have seen that deliberately tried to pass their pugs off as Meissen pugs by using a blue crossed swords hallmark similar to Meissen's famous hallmark. Patent laws were not written or enforced until the mid-1800's. Despite their shady past I have enjoyed having this handsome pair, along with their pup, in my display case for many years now. They wear pink collars with gold bells and blue bows in back. Each is seated on a base decorated with lovely 3 dimensional flowers. Meissen did not actually make their pugs as pairs but I have included a photo of the male and female Meissens these pugs most resemble right down to the size. Enjoy this historical pair of beauties.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Female 6 5/8” high, 6 1/4” long & 4 1/4” wide. Male 6 1/4” high, 6” long, 4” wide.

SOLD!

PP770

THE ORPHANS” ( Antique Conta & Boehme Pug Fairing Piece ): Those of us who collect pugs think of Conta & Boehme as being the maker of some of the most collectible of antique porcelain pugs. For general antique collectors and dealers they are actually most famous as the maker of English Fairing pieces – given as prizes for games at English country fairs. Why a German company? Because between 1850 and 1880 C & B porcelains were of better quality and less expensive than their English or German counterparts. And this is my very favorite. As mommy & daddy go out the door you can tell by the look on their faces that this pampered trio are thinking: “You’re leaving us and we’ll be Orphans!” Fat chance! But those of you with pugs are very familiar with the guilty feeling that look causes when you leave your babies at home. You can see the title “The Orphans” on the front of the base. On the bottom is the short sword in a shield C & B hallmark and the word “Germany”. Don't you love it that our favorite dogs have been part of history for so many centuries?

Condition: Excellent. Even most of the cold painted gold is intact.
Size: 3 3/4” high, 3 5/8” wide, 2 1/8” deep.

ON HOLD!

PP705

PRECIOUS PAIR #1 ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dogs ): These two precious pugs were not actually made as a pair but they look very nice together. The base of each is decorated with red roses. And what all Basil Matthews pugs have in common is their own special comical face. His pugs are hand modeled and hand decorated, so no two are exactly the same. They all have a touch of whimsy that makes you smile. Matthews started producing his little fanciful figures in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in 1946, continuing up to his passing in 1985. Both of these pugs have their felt pads on the bottom and you can see the “Basil Matthews” signature in the slit. One still has her original sticker. If you don't have these pugs in your collection you need start now. If you do have them add more and form your own grumble. No pug collection is complete without them!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pugs – 2" high, 1 3/4” long. Total height 2 3/4”. Cushions roughly 2" long, 1 5/8" deep.

ON LAYAWAY!

PP714

PRECIOUS PAIR #2 ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dogs ): These two precious pugs were not actually made as a pair but they look very nice together. The base of each is decorated with pink flowers and green leaves with identical blue sided and gold trimmed cushions. And what all Basil Matthews pugs have in common is their own special comical face. His pugs are hand modeled and hand decorated, so no two are exactly the same. They all have a touch of whimsy that makes you smile. Matthews started producing his little fanciful figures in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in 1946, continuing up to his passing in 1985. One of these pugs has lost her felt pad from the bottom but both have their Basil Mathews sticker. And you can see the “Basil Matthews” signature on both. If you don't have these pugs in your collection you need start now. If you do have them add more and form your own grumble. No pug collection is complete without them!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pugs – 2" high, 1 3/4” long. Total height 2 3/4”. Cushions roughly 2" long, 1 5/8" deep.

ON HOLD!

 

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