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LARGE & LOVELY MEISSEN MOM & PUP ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): One of the many things I love about Meissen Pugs is the soft and loving look on their faces and their realistic soft brown eyes. Even though these pugs are made from 18th & 19th Century molds, the facial expressions are much more similar to our precious playful pugs of today, as opposed to many of the Victorian Porcelain Pugs. They are made of the finest hard paste porcelain. You can see an unusual amount of detail in the molding of the coat and tail. In the dark photo near the end you can see that there are actually hairs molded within the glaze – a feature found only in the large Meissen Pugs. The hand painting has the typical delicacy of Meissen Mops and the “beauty marks” match those of my own Jade – signs of her link to at least 300 years of history. The 8 golden bells on the collar, not present on many Meissen pugs, add significantly to the value. There is an impressed model number “315” in the base, thus this was made before the 5 digit numbering system was started in 1974 (this one is now 78525). Also impressed is “137” followed by an inverted triangle. The number is the molder and the inverted triangle indicates it was “thrown” in 1971. The word “foreign” is stamped on the edge. Porcelains, even Meissen Porcelains, sometimes come out of firing imperfect. Meissen sold imperfect pugs locally and exported only the prefect ones – mainly to the UK and USA. Thus “foreign” in English. Add this perfect Pug to your collection.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs
.Size: 7” high, 7” long & 4 1/2” wide.



ANTIQUE BERGMANN VIENNA BRONZE 10 PIECE PUG BAND ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): It seems appropriate that the Viennese, famed for their music, should create this wonderful, whimsical pug motif which became very popular in the 1920’s and continues to hold the position of prominence in any collection of Vienna Bronze Pugs. When you click on the Maestro & Vocalist you will see the rest of the band - the String Section – Violin & String Bass; the Percussionists – Big Bass Drum, Cymbals & Triangle and the Horn Section – Flute, Natural Horn & Trumpet. Note the musical scores of the Maestro and Vocalist. This band is old enough to have the high quality molding of the lost wax technique and traditional polychrome cold painting – yet it has only mild paint loss and no broken parts – commonly found in the older bands. These pugs come from the Bronze Foundry of the most famous of Vienna Bronze artists of old – Franz Bergmann – founded in 1860. His famous Urn containing a “B” hallmark and “Austria” can be seen on the back of the String Bass, the base of the Bass Drum and the base of the Maestro and his music stand. A full band in good condition is a rare find!

Condition: Excellent. Mild loss of paint, mainly to the instruments. No breaks or missing parts.
Size: All the pugs are 1 1/2" to 1 5/8” tall with the instruments and the baton making some higher.



MODERN MEISSEN MASTERPIECE ( Eve Pearce Meissen Re-Production Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Meissen Pugs have easily been the porcelain pug figurines most frequently copied over the last three centuries. Many have been acknowledged reproductions, but some of the early ones were made to be passed off as genuine Meissens with very similar hallmarks and the high price that goes with anything Meissen. Many years ago I ask Eve to make her version of various Meissen Pugs that I particularly liked. This is Eve's reproduction, in her own unique fashion, of my very favorite Meissen Pug model - “Three Playful Pugs”, all wearing the famous gold bell adorned blue Meissen collars. To the best of my knowledge it is the only one of this model that she made - “one-of-a-kind”. I have included a photo of the original Meissen Pugs for comparison. Eve molds her pugs by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them. Her hallmark can be seen on the back of the base. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. It is very difficult for me to part with these pugs from my personal collection but tempus fugit.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pugs all roughly 4” long and 2 1/2” high. Base 8 1/8 inches wide, 6” deep and 3/8” high. Total height 4”.



WORRY, WORRY! ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): As always, Basil Matthews has managed to give these two pugs their own unique facial expression. This pair both look worried to me – “Am I going to be punished?” This pair of pugs are as close to being true sisters as I've ever seen – same facial decoration and expression, same body color, same pillow color and decoration, same condition and very similar “Basil Matthews” signatures on the bottom of each cushion. The only significant difference is that one has more hair on her back than the other but I am convinced that they were made as a true pair – very rare! Since Matthews' figurines were all hand decorated, no two are ever 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 a blue felt pad on the bottom of each base to prevent scratching. Don't miss this rare opportunity to purchase such a perfect pair!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height of each 2 3/4”. Pugs 2 1/8” high, 2” long. Pillows around 2 1/4” long, 1 3/4” wide.



MY BUDDIES ( Antique Conte & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): These Conte & Boehme Pugs have lived in my pug display cabinet for over 35 years. When I purchased them I knew nothing about antique pugs, had never heard of Conte & Boehme and had little money. They were an extravagant purchase for me. I knew they had some flaws but they somehow spoke to me with their intense gaze. When I got them home I painted their collars and bells antique gold – not knowing that the cold painted gold on antique pugs is always partially rubbed off. I now know that 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 but now are very popular collectibles. Regardless of their flaws I have enjoyed their company over the years and now hope to find a good new home for this old pug couple. Won't you adopt them for a very reasonable price?

Condition: Fair. The glaze on the lower part of their bodies has black speckles – particularly the pug on the right. The collars and bells have been repainted. Their are firing cracks under the right front leg of each (see photo). On the good side they have no chips or significant scratches and they are very nicely decorated.
Size: The pug on the left is 5” high, the one on the right is 5 1/4” high. Both are 6” long, 2 3/4” wide.


For The Pair


THIS PUG MEASURES UP! ( Antique Metal Pug Dog Measuring Tape ): This perky gold colored antique metal pug, with the sparkling red glass eyes, is ready to assist you with any measuring tasks you have – in either inches or centimeters. Unlike some I have seen where the tape spring doesn't quite work just right, this tape rewinds using a tiny crank that you can see on the bottom view. The casting was amazingly good, showing fine hair all over his body. A wonderful addition to any pug – or measuring tape – collection.

Condition: Excellent. Minimal paint rubbed off his head where he was held. End of tape frayed.
Size: 2 3/8” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1” deep.



LARGE MEISSEN MOPS: ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): Meissen Porcelain Pugs have the most lovely expression on their faces and their faces have the most lovely decoration. They have the soft, expressive brown eyes with large black pupils that we see in our own pugs today and the finest depiction of their facial hair and “beauty marks”. The eyes are molded as well as colored. You can tell the Meissen artists who made the “Mops” molds dating back to the 1700’s and the Meissen porcelain artists who have decorated these pugs over the years have had a special fondness for their subjects, favorites of European royalty. You can also see why they remain the most valued and most valuable of porcelain pugs. This large Meissen Male Pug has the longer legs and muzzle, and cropped ears typical of pre-Victorian pugs. His coat has a faint fawn tinge and the hairs of his coat can be seen in his glaze – neither of which I am able to capture in my photos. He wears a blue collar with five golden bells. He has the famous Meissen crossed swords trademark of a type used since 1934. Embossed in his base is the model number “311” and molder’s number “106Y”. The three number model means he was made before 1974 when Meissen changed to five number models. Since he is relatively old for the Meissen Pugs I sell, I checked him with a black light and there are no repairs or defects. It is very difficult to come by the larger of the Meissen Pugs. Don't pass up this opportunity!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 7” high, 7 1/2” long 4” wide.



WANT A MATCH, MISTER? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug Dog Match Holder ): I have seen and sold Pug Match Holders similar to this, but they have been white pugs who are fully glazed with a pink or blue ribbon and bow. This pug is bisque (a single fired porcelain giving a soft, slightly textured finish) with warm brown coloring and a humorous look on his face with his tongue sticking out and both eyes looking upward. There are remnants of gold strips on his ribbon and bow. In Victorian days the gold was “cold painted” after the piece cooled and then easily rubbed off – thus the partially missing gold on the collars and bells of most antique pugs. You can see the back of the basket acts as the match striker. He is unmarked, but has a gold “65” painted on the bottom. He most likely is a German made English “Fairing Piece” – given out as prizes at English country fairs.

Condition: Excellent. No chips or repairs. There are some small crevices in the bottom of the basket, but they are not full thickness. The basket holds water. He does have some of the gold rubbed off of his ribbons and bow.
Size: 3 1/4" high, 3 1/2" long, 1 7/8” wide.




THE PUG & THE POODLE ( Vintage Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This is the life! Our handsome Vintage Vienna Bronze Pug is being pushed on his sled by a poodle. You can tell by the detail in the sculpting of the pug, poodle and sled that this is an early 20th Century Vienna Bronze as opposed to the more mass produced new ones. And isn't it clever that I was able to photograph them sledding through snow banks here in Texas? The pug is holding a red rope attached to the front of the sled, probably helping to steady him as he sits so upright. The initials “KK” are impressed on the underside of the sled indicating it was made by the K K Kunst-Erzgiessere Foundry of Vienna founded in the mid 1800's. Let this pug ride on your pug shelf!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3 1/4” long, 1 3/4” high, 3/4” wide. Pug & Poodle 1 1/2” high.





BISQUE BUDDIES ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Spitz & Pug Dog ): I'm not sure why a Pug and a Spitz were commonly paired in this German-made model, but I have now seen a number of them over my pug-collecting years. Initially, I was also confused as to why sometimes the Pug was the larger of the two and sometimes the Spitz. A collector educated me. The Spitz was initially a large German dog, but in the 19th Century they were bred down to smaller sizes. And today we know the smallest of them as the Pomeranian. Interesting! These are made of bisque porcelain (no glaze giving them a softer look), but have unusually fine decoration and molding for Antique Bisque pieces. You can see the Pug is the larger in this pairing. I have the reverse model listed below. I own both in my personal collection. The Pug has a blue collar and cropped ears commonly seen in 19th Century Pugs. They are seated on a mound of ground covered with grass. They are slip cast and have the number “11” painted inside and what looks like an impressed “LI” (possibly Roman numerals).

Condition: Very good. There is a hairline crack across the Spitz's left shoulder and a small firing crack at his base. The decreased price reflects these defects.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 3 1/2” wide, 2 1/8” deep.




PUG PROTECTION ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Girl and Pug Dog Nodder ): I own, and have handled, a few Pug and Spitz Nodders similar to this (c. late 1800's), but I have never seen this sweet little girl and her pug protector. Though not known as fierce dogs, our pugs bark ferociously out the window at anyone walking by when we are at home. The look on this pug's face says – leave my best friend alone! The molding and decoration of this little girl are fairly elaborate. She wears a light pink frock with a gold trimmed ruffled collar and darker pink bow at the neck. There are pink flowers at both sides of her bonnet. Over this she wears a fancy pinafore tied with a large white ribbon behind. It is decorated with rows of gold fringed ruffles and pink bows down the front. Her cute face has blue eyes, pink lips and blond hair. The pug has a light blue collar with two blue tassels in front. I have shown his weighted head separately with a rod through his neck to allow him to nod. He works perfectly. Antique Pug Nodders of this quality are fairly rare. They may have originally been made as “Fairing Pieces” - inexpensive prizes given out at English country fairs, but now they are very collectable. Interestingly German porcelain companies like Conta and Boehme made most of them – better and cheaper than the English ones in those days. I have never been able to determine which German company made these. This one has a blue “M” impressed on the back of the base. Don't miss out on this rare find.

Condition: Excellent. No chips or repairs.
Size: Total 4 3/4” high, 3 1/4” wide, 2 1/4” deep. Pug & Girl 4” high.





SNUG AS A PUG ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): Our pug, Jade, has an unusually thin coat. It's lucky she lives in Texas, but even here we have cold winter days and nights. At night she sleeps under my arm with her own blanket over her – much like this one Eve Pearce has wrapped around her pug in this new, very affordable model she has created. Eve molds each of her pugs individually by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Her hallmark can be seen on the base along with felt pads to prevent scratching. I was tempted to name this pug “Yoda”. Yoda's blanket has sleeves and he has bigger ears, but otherwise they look very similar. Don't you think so?

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4” high, 3 1/4” deep, 3” wide.





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”.





AT HIS MASTER’S FEET ( Silver Plated Figural Pug Dog Toothpick Holder ): As a Texan, I would like to say this pug is standing by his master’s cowboy boot, but in truth it is the boot of a 19th Century gentleman. They are similar to those popularized by Beau Brummel. The heel of the boot bears the hallmark of the Meriden Britannia Company, formed in 1852 in Meriden, CT. The hallmark has the company name around a shield with a balance scale in it. It is stamped “42” – the model number. This model, with picture and number, can be seen in the 1886 Meriden Company catalog. (I saw a picture of the page.) Note how he has the longer muzzle and legs, as opposed to our modern pugs, and the cropped ears – all typical of the early Victorian Pug. He has a tiny padlock hanging from his collar.

Condition: Excellent. Minimal wear to the silver plate. No breaks or repairs.

Size: 3 3/8” high, 3 1/2" long, 2 1/4” wide. Pug 2 1/2” long, 1 5/8” high. Container in boot 1 1/2" deep, 1 1/4" diameter opening.



PUG LOVERS ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): From my personal collection these darling Dancing Pugs were among my first Vienna Bronze purchases. It looks like he is whispering something in her ear and she has a very surprised look on her face. Might he be purposing marriage? These are larger than the usual Vienna Bronze Pugs from the early 1900's when they first started humanizing pugs. Their size makes them a charming addition for any pug collection.

Condition: Very good. There are some areas where the paint has rubbed off.
Size: 2 1/2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 3/4” deep.



DASHING DRESDEN DUDE ( Vintage Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome Dresden Male Pug has to be on the list for any serious pug collector. He was made by the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, a suburb of Dresden. These pugs are made from still existing 19th Century molds using the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated. As you can see he has longer legs and muzzle than our modern pugs and the pre-Victorian cropped ears. My photos can’t do justice to his beauty, but study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of his legs and chest. Though impossible to show in my photos – besides the painted hair, he has fine molded hair within his glaze all over his body and tail. He wears a lovely gold trimmed lavender collar with 6 golden bells and a gold buckle. This style of Thieme Pug comes in males & females of two sizes. This is the larger and more detailed sized pug. Below the Thieme hallmark I have pictured is a painted “76”, probably denoting the artist. The “N1455H” impressed beneath the tail is probably the model number. Add this beauty to your pug family!

Layaway available for all purchases over $200.00.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. A previous owner has thoughtfully placed felt pads on the base.
Size: 8 1/4” high, 8 1/2” long, 5 1/2” deep.





LOVELY LADY ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This lovely Dresden Female Pug is made from one of only seven remaining Nineteenth Century Dresden Pug model molds of the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, a suburb of Dresden, established in 1867. The pug molds escaped the leveling of Dresden during WWII only because Potschappel is a suburb of Dresden. Their pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated just as they were 145 year ago. My photos can’t do justice to this beauty, but study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of her legs. Though impossible to show in my photos - besides the painted hair, she has fine molded hair all over her body and tail. She has a lavender collar lined in gold bearing six gold bells. Thieme Pugs match the famous Meissen pugs in quality and most are larger. You can judge this pugs size in the photo with the soda can. Besides the Thieme hallmark I have pictured, she has “C1457T” impressed in the base of the tail and “75” painted in the glaze. Probably the model and artist’s mark. A Lovely Lady to add to your pug family.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs.
Size: 7" high, 7" long, 4 3/4” wide.




PP715 A & B

DRESDEN DUO ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): The Carl Thieme Porcelain Company, established in 1867 in the Dresden suburb of Potschappel, is located just far enough away to have saved most of their 19th Century molds from the WWII destruction of Dresden. That is very fortunate for those of us who love pugs. To the best of my knowledge seven Thieme antique mops molds remain. This handsome pair are made from two of the seven. They are fawn colored with darker brown spots, black muzzles and yellow irises. They sport sky blue collars with five golden bells each and small bows in the back. And, of course, they have the elongated muzzle, longer legs and clipped ears of most antique pugs. The Thieme Dresden hallmark is at the rear of each. The male has the model “L713W” and the female “L712Y” impressed on the bottom. Made from hard paste porcelain, Thieme Pugs rank right up there with Meissen's in terms of quality. Don't miss this chance to add this lovely pair to your collection made from the rare actual antique molds.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Each pug is 4 3/4" high, 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4” wide.





BARON VON 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. It is for this reason most are not hallmarked. Their size varied from around 2” high up to 8” or 9” high. This is an average sized pug, but the C & B standing pugs are much less common than the sitting pugs. He has “1501” and the Roman numeral “I” imprinted on the bottom of the right paw and “35” on the left. A wonderful addition to any pug collection.

Condition: Very good. This pug has some light scratches, small scuffs on left cheek and both hips and a firing crack under the right foreleg. The outer gold is worn off the bells – almost always the case in antique pugs since gold was cold painted after firing. These alone would be of little consequence as to value, but when checked with a black light I discovered the last 1/3 of the tail had been professionally repaired. (see photos) It looks great but that defect lowers the value and that is reflected in the price.
Size: 5” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 1/2” wide.



THE MACHO PUG & THE PEEPING CAT ( Vintage Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug & Cat Figurines): Our pug is showering off after an afternoon dip in the sea and showing off his powerful physique, while the naughty Peeping Tom Cat is looking at our hero in the buff through a knot hole in the shower stall wall. SHAME! Made by the F. Bermann Bronze Works of Vienna, trademark on bottom (“F.B.” over a “W”), producing since 1850. I first saw this pug in a shop window in New York and just couldn't resist the purchase. It makes me laugh out loud!

Condition: Excellent.
Pug 1 1/2” tall, Cat 1 5/8” tall, total height 3 1/4”, width 2 3/4”, depth 1 3/8”.



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. The previous owner placed a bouquet of what look and feel like pussy willows in the basket and they are included. She is very nicely modeled and hand painted. I would guess that she is late Victorian. What a sweet expression on her face!

Condition: Very good. There are fine cracks in the basket (see photos).
Size: 4” high, 4” long, 2” wide.





SURPRISE, MOM! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Fawn Pug Dog ): Look what popped out of mom's new hat box, scattering tissue paper everywhere in her haste to make an appearance. I'm sure this pug puppy will make a wonderful gift for the lucky lady. This is the first time I have seen this Eve Pearce model. I love the playful humor it portrays. This fawn pug pops out of a pink and white striped hat box with a large baby blue bow on the top cover. It is set on a platform that looks like rock. Eve molds each of her pugs individually by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Her hallmark can be seen on the back of the platform. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. A wonderful addition whether you collect pugs or all breeds of Eve Pearce dogs.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 6 1/2” wide, 4” deep.



ITALIAN DRESDEN ( Vintage Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Can't afford antique or antique style Dresden Pugs? Then this fellow is for you! Yes, this is a Dresden Pug - elongated muzzle and legs, cropped ears, white with gray spots, seated with face turned, high quality hard paste porcelain and hand painted. He is almost an exact duplicate in size and molding of the 7” Thieme Dresden Pugs you can see on these pages and in our Pug Museum only his decoration is less detailed. Why is he priced so low? Because he is an Italian Dresden – very lovely, but not quite the quality found in the German Dresden Pugs. This is a 1974 model imported from Italy by Seymour Mann, Inc. – best known for porcelain dolls. On the base it says “Museo, First Edition”, “© Seymour Mann Inc”, “1974”. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase a Dresden Pug at a very affordable price!

Condition: Excellent. Small round black spot on tail (see photo).
Size: 7” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.



KING OF THE C&B PUGS ( Antique Conta & Boehme German Porcelain Pug Dog ): This Pug represents the largest of the male Conta & Boehme seated pugs – very rare and hard to come by. I spotted this one at a Houston Antique Show many years ago and he has been gracing a shelf in my display case ever since. I am now in a point in my life where I must find new homes for my beauties and it is painful. Most pug owners have been told “She’s so ugly she’s cute”. That phrase may fit these C & B pugs dating from the late 1800’s. With time they have become lovely in my 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. He has the added bonus of having the impressed C & B Hallmark of an Arm bearing a Short Sword within a Shield on her left front paw along with a “6”. Her right front paw bears a “1560” and a “00”. 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 originally relatively inexpensive so most were not hallmarked. They now have become prized collector items. It is thrilling to find a large one such as this with the hallmark!

Condition: Very good. When I got him home I examined him with a loop and black light. There is a professional repair in the tail area seen with black light. I can only see the small defect shown in my photo with my naked eye. There are roughened areas at the bottom of both pupils. I believe there were defects there which were painted over but they do not show by black light – so not sure. These flaws are reflected in the low price for this rare model. He has the usual loss of most of the gold paint from the bells though most remains on collar and bow. (Gold was cold painted after firing so it rubs off easily.) On the plus side there are no repairs to bells or bow, no firing cracks and none of the light scratches and scrapes usually present. He's a beauty!

Size: 8 1/2” high, 9 1/2” long, 5 1/4” wide.



MAY I HELP YOU? ( Antique Conta & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog Condiment Dispenser ): Wouldn’t you love to have this pair of darling pugs looking up at you from your kitchen table? Probably a little too dangerous, but this is still a functional Salt, Pepper & Sugar (or Splenda) dispenser. The brown pug has a removable head with an opening in the back of the neck. I assume the opening is to hold a small utensil. The white pug has an opening in the base for filling with old cork in place. Both pugs are wearing blue collars with golden bells and have gold chains down their fronts. The “basket” may have actually been more commonly used for mustard in the 19th Century. It, the pug holders and the handle are decorated with gold accents. On the bottom you can see the arm holding a short sword within a shield – Conta & Boehme’s well known hallmark – along with the model number “5794”. The Conta & Boehme Porcelain Company was established in Pössneck, Germany in 1790. Its glory days were from 1850 to 1890 when it became famous for its English Fairing Pieces. This may have been an unusually fancy Fairing Piece. Rare & Wonderful!

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs. Amazing!
Size: Total: 3 5/8” high, 3 3/4” wide, 4” deep. Brown pug (minus base): 3” high, 1 3/4” wide, 2” deep. White pug (minus base): 2 1/2” high, 1 1/2” wide, 2” deep. Basket: 2 3/4” wide, 2” deep, 1” high in front.



AUSTRIAN TERRA COTTA TREASURE ( Antique Austrian Terra Cotta Pug Dog ): I always look at the Terra Cotta Pugs at antique shows we attend, but they are usually either too expensive or too badly damaged. Terra Cotta (baked earth) is unglazed, earth colored, hard baked clay. It is the softest material used to make antique pugs and thus the most easily chipped, cracked or just plain broken. Repairs are often obvious. That is why I was thrilled when I found this reasonable priced, charming Terra Cotta Pug in remarkably good condition. He has a somewhat humorous expression on his face with golden glass eyes. He was filthy when purchased but, after a bath, he looked quite wonderful so he remained in my personal collection for many years. He wears a burnt orange collar with a buckle in front. He is very nicely molded with Victorian style cropped ears. The great majority of these pugs were made in Austria in the latter half of the 19th Century. They are unmarked and weren’t meant to be expensive, but have become so due to their rarity – particularly in this kind of condition. A treasure for any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 4 1/2” long, 2 3/4” high, 2” deep.



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 German porcelain modeler of all time. 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. The collars are blue and all bear the golden bells that 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 crossed swords hallmark there is a blue "78836" (the model number) and an impressed “141D”. The “D” indicates it was “thrown” in 1983 from the the original mold dating back to the mid-1700's. The yellow painted “23” probably designates the artist. The pugs are gallivanting on a grass-covered base with the unusual addition of 5 purple flowers with their leaves. The pugs may appear white but are actually a very light fawn color. 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".


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