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LOVELY LADY ( Antique Conte & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): This is Conte & Boehme's second largest seated female – and isn't she a beauty! These larger ones have much more detail in their molding than do the smaller ones. Unlike most of the antique style pugs you see these are actual Antique Pugs made by the German Porcelain Company, Conta & Boehme, in the latter part of the 1800’s. Unlike the finer Meissen & Dresden Pugs, these pugs were made for common folk. They were not initially expensive, weren’t all perfect in their molding and decoration, and most often did not bear the C & B hallmark. One might compare them to the Staffordshire dogs of England. The beauty of these pugs grows on you. It reminds me of the comment of a young child I passed as I was walking our pug - “She's so funny looking, she's beautiful!”.

Condition: Good. Really great shape (examined with a black light) except for the bite (see tooth marks) taken out of her right cheek and little chip from her right nostril. Most of gold rubbed from bells, as is the normal, but her collar and bow remain beautifully colored.
Size: 7 1/4” high, 8 1/2” long, 4 1/2" wide.



NOT ME! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): You can just see their minds working – “Oh, no! Mom is really going to be mad at us. Maybe she’ll think the butterfly knocked it over!” The whole scene looks all too familiar to us. Between our pug, Jade, and our four cats we have a small crime syndicate! Though Eve has since added this model to her repertoire, this one was the first since I had her custom make it for me. It has lived with all my personal pugs for several years now. Pearce’s Pugs are made from hard paste porcelain, not from molds, but modeled by hand so no two are ever exactly alike. You can see Eve’s hallmark on the back of the base. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. Whether you favor black or fawn pugs – don’t pass up this beauty.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pugs 2 12'” high, 3 1/2" long. Base 6” wide, 4 1/2" deep. Total height 3”.



THE CONTE & BOEHME SEXTET ( Antique Conte & Boehme Pug Fairing Piece ): I purchased these six Conte & Boehme Pugs many years ago and have never seen this same model before or since (that's 45 years of “pugaphernalia” collecting). So I am declaring these pugs to be very rare. To the best of my knowledge C & B made two categories of pugs – the seated or standing individual pugs sized from 2 1/2” to 9 1/4” high and the occasional pug “Fairing Piece” with “The Orphans” being the most famous. To the general antique collecting population (not we pug collectors) C & B is most famous for their Fairing Pieces. These were prizes given away at English County Fairs. In the late 1800's the German Conte & Boehme Porcelain Company could make nicer prizes at lower prices for the English. I feel quite certain this rare find, bearing the famous short arm sword in a shield C & B hallmark and the model number “5566”, was a Fairing Piece.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pugs range from 7/8” to 1 1/2” high. Width 3 1/2”, depth 1”, total height 1 3/4”.



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. I think these two look very worried – probably because they were naughty. Though not a true pair, these two are about as close to being true sisters as I've seen – same facial decoration and expression, same body color, same pillow color and decoration, same condition and very similar appearing “Basil Matthews” signatures. Since Matthews' figurines were all hand decorated, no two are ever exactly alike, so your pair 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 green felt pad on the bottom of each to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker on one of them. Don't miss this rare opportunity to purchase such a great pair.

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



OUR GRANDMOTHERS” ( 1873 Print from “The Graphic” with a Pug ): This beautiful print is from a magazine called “The Graphic” dated February 1, 1873. The full title is “Washington's Birthday, Feb. 22, 1732 – Our Grandmothers”. An article about this print was published in “Harper's Weekly”, March 1, 1873. (Copy enclosed) Though the darling Pug is obviously the center of attention at this Tea Party, the article is making fun of women's hair styles (note the birds and nest in one and the ship in another) and “The strange fashion of patching the face....” “A woodcut published in 1650 represents a lady with a coach and horses on her forehead, a crescent on either cheek, a star at the side of her mouth, and a round spot on her chin.” The article is very entertaining as is the recommended reading list on the back of the print. I can remember my wife, Judy, wearing stars on her face and upper chest in the late 1960's and early '70's. As the article says: “The vagaries of fashion are notorious, yet, if closely watched, they will be found to be governed by certain mysterious laws of ebb and flow....” Luckily, pugs have been in fashion in the Western world for 3 ½ Centuries and in China for over 1000 years!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Print 11 3/4” wide, 8 3/4” high. Full page 15” wide, 10 1/2” high.



SMALL BUT MIGHTY ( Antique Franz Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug ): This was one of my first Vienna Bronze Pug purchases. I didn't know Bergmann from Smith – I just liked the look of this old Sea Salt dressed in his old fashioned European sailor suit and smoking a pipe. It turns out he is the smallest pug I own, measuring just 1 3/8” high. Just for fun I am selling him along with one of the tallest pugs I've owned – the Dresden Mom & Pup . At the end of the photos of this pug is one of the Dresden Pug poised to crush this little fellow with her paw, so you can see the two of them side-by-side. But this little fellow is tougher than his size might belie. You can tell by the detail of the molding as well as the famous “B” within an urn hallmark on the base that he is a true antique. Franz Bergman, the most famous of Vienna Bronze artists, opened his first bronze factory in Vienna in 1860. His work was continued into the 20th Century by his son, Xavier, often using Franz's molds. So this fellow is a survivor despite his size.

Condition: Good. No broken parts but some paint rubbed off his cap and the edges of his collar.
Size: 1 3/8” high, 3/4" wide, 1" deep.



A REAL STAFFORDSHIRE PUG PAIR ( Victorian Staffordshire Pug Dog Pair ): I’ve seen dozens of these standing Staffs during my 35 years of collecting, but rarely have a seen an actual pair. I found this pair at the Miami Beach Show a couple of years ago and couldn’t pass it up. Finding a true pair is special. In Clive Mason Pope’s book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs”, he pictures only 3 types of pugs – the large gray ones with the glass eyes, this one (c 1890, page 144 – see photos) and the white sitting ones. Staffordshire Pugs have not been among my favorites. The reason I didn’t appreciate Staffordshire dogs was because of the thousands of King Charles Spaniels one sees – which the family shops in Staffordshire started making in 1837 because of the fame of Queen Victoria’s “Dash”. I learned the Staffordshire Pugs were made in small shops in Staffordshire, starting in the latter half of the 1800’s and often decorated by children. Thus, they are much cruder than the famous German porcelain pugs. They weren’t made for the export market, but made for the mantles of ordinary Englishmen and often called “comforters”. Thanks to Queen Victoria – and by extension Staffordshire – dogs became part of English Victorian families. They only had to earn their keep by giving love and joy – just as our pugs today.

Condition: Excellent for age. Both pugs have a few flecks of black paint in the glaze and some paint rubbed off their muzzles and the small locks on their collars. The pug on the left has two very small firing cracks behind both front legs and what looks like a small superficial chip of the left front paw, but examination by a black light shows it is just paint rubbed off. There is a very small true chip in his tail. The pug on the right has a patch of bubbles in the glaze of her belly. (All shown in photos.) Except for the chip, the other findings are very common in Staffordshires.

Size: Pug on left 5 1/2” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 3/4" wide. Pug on right 5 5/8” high, 5 3/4" long, 2 3/4" wide.




For The Pair


CLASSY STAFF ( Antique Victorian Porcelain Staffordshire Pug Dog ): Staffordshire dogs were made in small shops in Staffordshire, England, starting in the early 1800’s and often decorated by children. They weren’t made for the export market – like the German pugs – but made for the mantles of ordinary Englishmen and often called “comforters”. Thanks to Queen Victoria – and by extension Staffordshire – dogs became part of English Victorian families. They only had to earn their keep by giving love and joy – just as our pugs today. In the book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” by Clive Mason Pope only 3 types of pugs are pictured. This one (Figure 3, Page 145 – see photo), and its mate, being one of them. This is the larger of the 2 Staffordshire Pugs of this model. You can judge its size in the photo with the soda can. I have handled a number of Staffordshire Pugs and this one is in the best condition of any. It will be a great addition to any pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. There are small glaze defects on the left hip and left front paw (both pictured) which are not significant. Mild loss of gold from collar lock. There are no chips, cracks, scratches or repairs.
Size: 11” high, 7” long, 5” deep.





FIERCE BAVARIAN PUG ( Antique Bavarian Porcelain Pug Dog ): These Bavarian Pugs are immediately recognizable by their coloring – black face; bright orange head, ruff, back & tail; white body and legs. Though we all know that our pugs are anything but fierce, these pugs look like they are tough. It all a put on! Like Conta & Boehme Pugs, these antique pugs were inexpensive when made in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries and, thus, rarely hallmarked. This pug is more highly prized because he is one of the very few who does contain a hallmark. The oval hallmark (see photos) contains “Victoria” & “Carlsbad” with “Austria” below and an eagle is inside. There is also the number “294”. Again like the C & B pugs, these are nicely molded and hand painted. The molding is well detailed with a ruff around the neck and a collar with a ring. They were made by the Porcelain Factory – Victoria Schmidt & Co. of Altrohlau, Austria (1891 - 1918) in what was then the Bavarian portion of the Austrian Empire. This pug is not really so fierce. He will get along famously with the rest of the pugs in your collection.

Condition: Excellent. Few minor glaze defects on back of head. (see photo)
Size: 4 3/4” high, 5” long and 2 1/2” wide.





SILLY-WILLY PUG ( Vintage Bisque Porcelain Pug Dog ): This vintage bisque porcelain pug is giving someone the "raspberries". Probably that cat who thinks she runs the house. Our pugs know about that! I like the old pugs that show some personality or a sense of humor. This one is a nicely molded slip cast bisque pug dog, with a fair amount of detail in his face and ruff. He sports a gilt decorated collar with two golden tassels. Usually the gold is worn off these old fellows, but this one has a clear sealant over the gold to preserve it.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There are several tiny black dots on surface.
Size: 4 1/4" tall, 2 3/4" long, 2" deep.




PEARCE PARTY PUGS ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): A custom made Pearce Pug masterpiece, this comes from my personal collection. Despite the scene of chaos, you'll note that three of the pugs are surprisingly well behaved. Only one devilish little fellow (undoubtedly related to our Jade) has caused all that chaos. He has systematically knocked a Raisin Cake, Cherry topped tarts and some of the scones off of the table top for his friends to sample. He is just about to slide off another plate with a tart on it. I hate to see what it looks like when the Tier Cake tumbles off! Eve molds each of her pugs individually by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them. Her hallmark can be seen under the table cloth at the back. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. Give yourself a one-of-a-kind Birthday Present!

Condition: Excellent. Warning for shipping – it is heavy!
Size: 9 1/2” wide, 7 1/2” deep, 5 1/4” high. Pugs 2 1/2” to 3” long.





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.





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.





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”.





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.





LOVING DRESDEN PUG MOM & PUP ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This is a loving and lovely Dresden Pug Mother & Suckling Pup. The term "Dresden China" is very loosely used. These pugs are truly Dresden Pugs made by the Carl Thieme Porcelain Factory of Potschappel, a suburb of Dresden, Germany. Thieme has been producing top quality porcelain pieces since 1867. Though more recently “thrown”, the original mold for these pugs was made in the late 19th Century. Dresden Pugs have this typical pose along with the cropped ears, long legs and muzzles and coloring of the early pugs brought from China. Thieme Dresden Pugs rival Meissen Pugs in their quality – both in molding and decoration. You can see the details of the muscles and tendons of the legs and the darker photo shows the fine coat of hair within the glaze all over the body. I have taken a close-up of the lovely deep green iris of the eyes. This pug is top of the line! If you can buy only one Dresden, this duo is perfection. It carries the Thieme hallmark with “Dresden” near the base.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 9 1/4" tall, 10" long, 7" wide.





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