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PB134

POTTY TIME ( Vintage Franz Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): Who says pugs can't be trained? At least Vienna Bronze Pugs made by Franz Bergmann can be. Apparently Bergmann had a good sense of humor. Vienna Bronze artists started to “humanize” their animal figurines in the early 20th Century so this may actually be classified as an “antique” pug. This pug is not only unusual in his “activity”, but also in his size. Most Vienna Bronze pugs are 1 1/2” to 1 3/4” tall. This one is twice as big so he can be displayed in any pug collection. The vintage Vienna Bronzes were molded in small batches and have very fine detail – note how you can see each individual hair in his coat. The newer ones made since the 1990's may come from the same old molds, but are made in larger batches with much less detail. The Vintage Vienna Bronzes have a much higher value. Franz Bergmann, one of Vienna's most famed bronze artists, opened his first bronze foundry in 1860. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the pug's right hip. Don't miss out on this chance to add a rare and really funny pug to your collection!

Condition: Very good. Some loss of paint, particularly from arms, magazine & potty. No broken parts.
Size: 3 3/8” high, 1 1/2” wide, 2” deep.

$150.00

PP367

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.

$75.00

PB139

PUG PUGILISTS ( Vienna Bronze Boxing Pug Dogs ): Pugs are generally playful and peace loving dogs, but when only one edible item is put out in front of two ravenous (aren’t they always) pugs, one can see the PUGnacious side of their personalities. Here we have a boxing match between Mr. Black Pug vs. Mr. Brown Pug. Each wears large colorful boxing gloves. In all honesty they don't look very fierce. I don't think they will hurt each other. These were made by the Fritz Bermann Bronze Company founded in 1850. You can see the gold Bermann hallmark on the bottom - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. Though relatively newly cast, the mold for them probably dates back to the early 1900's when the Viennese Bronze artists first started “humanizing” certain animals for there models. Pugs were among their favorites and you can see why!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 3/8” high, 1 7/8” wide, 3/4” deep.

$50.00

PP626

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.

SALE!

$650.00

$350.00

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.

SALE!

$650.00

$300.00

For The Pair

PP294

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.

SALE!

$500.00

$300.00

PP391

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”.

$225.00

PP747

DOUBLE TROUBLE ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): As always, Basil Matthews has managed to give these two pugs their own unique facial expression. To me they look alert to see what trouble they can get into. This pair of pugs are about as close to being true sisters as I've seen – same facial decoration and expression, same body color and decoration, same pillow color and decoration, same condition and, most unusual, neither has the usual glaze finish, but rather a soft matte appearance and feel – almost like a bisque finish. The only things different are the “Basil Matthews” signatures, found on the back of each pillow. 'Tis a puzzle! Since Matthews' 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 a green felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker on each. 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 1/4” long, 1 3/4” wide.

$250.00

For The Pair

PP731

LOVING MOM & PUP PUGS ( Rudolph Kämmer Dresden Antique-Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful fawn-spotted Antique Style Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog mother and suckling puppy was made by the Rudolph Kämmer Porcelain Factory of the Thuringia region of Germany. Famous for its porcelain since 1862, Kämmer - along with Meissen, Thieme and Nymphenburg - are the four German porcelain factories making the highest quality hard paste porcelain pugs, hand painted by the finest porcelain artists and using the 19th century style pugs - longer legs and muzzle and cropped ears. My favorite Kämmer Pug features are the large gold bells on the burnt orange collars and the soft brown eyes - just like those of our pug, Jade. The Kämmer pugs are less expensive than similar sized Meissen & Thieme Pugs because they are made from post WWII molds, as opposed to the antique molds the others have retained. You can see the Kämmer crown over “K” hallmark with the initials “e.r.” beside it, probably the porcelain artist. Add this beauty to your collection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 8" high, 8 1/2" long - tail to foreleg, 4 3/4" deep. Seven bells 5/8” in diameter.

$375.00

PP517

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 – particularly at a price allowing resale. All the antique style pugs have long legs and muzzles compared to our pugs of today, most have the clipped ears finally outlawed by Queen Elizabeth, 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 separate 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. My catalog, from 1997, has 3 pugs in it – one antique & two modern. The prices are unbelievable! I have handled the white (blanc de Chine) version of this pug, but this is the first decorated one I have been able to offer. I have his twin in my personal collection. He is standing on a grass covered platform with an “E.” just behind the left rear foot. On the bottom you can see the impressed Bavarian coat of arms and the numbers “471” and “27”. The hallmark is also imprinted and surrounded with the words “PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR - NYMPHENBURG”. Though he was probably made in the 20th Century, his molds date back to the 19th Century. Don't pass up this handsome Nymphenburg 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.

$350.00

PP290

STAFFORDSHIRE STAR ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dog ): Nineteenth Century Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs in good condition are hard to come by. I’m sure you all see many of the Staffordshire King Charles Spaniels. Clive Mason Pope’s “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” pictures only 3 different pugs (pp. 144 & 145), with this gorgeous pair head and shoulders above the others in quality, style and size. (Photo from book included.) He dates them circa 1880. Small potteries in the English county of Staffordshire started making large numbers of King Charles Spaniels, Queen Victoria’s favorite, in the 1830’s. Other breeds soon followed. They were known as “comforters”. Unlike most Staffordshire dogs, these pugs are beautifully molded with great detail. They sport gilded collars, gilt highlights in the grass between their legs and along the front or their ears. Glass eyes were first used in Staffordshire dogs in the 1860’s and they quickly became the most highly sought after. These are the only Staffordshire Pugs with glass eyes. Staffordshires are generally not marked. This one has a small “S” on the base.

Condition: Excellent. The light areas on the brows and edge of ears are all original to piece. I examined them with a “black light” and there are no defects in the glaze. Some loss of the gold. Almost always the case.

Size: 12 ½” high, 10” long, 4 ¾” deep.

SALE!

$390.00

$250.00

PP726

BLACK BATHING BEAUTIES ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Don't these two pugs look like they are having a ball playing in their bubble bath? This is the first Eve Pearce model of bathing pugs that I have seen with both being black. The black color contrasts so beautifully with the floral decorated “tub” and the lovely multi-sized blue-green bubbles. I particularly love the bubble perched on the diving pugs tail and the one balanced on the paw of the seated pug.Eve molds these pugs by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique and special. Her hallmark can be seen on the bottom of the tub. Add these delightful pugs to your pug collection and they will keep you smiling!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Tub 5 3/4” wide, 3 1/4” high, 3 1/2” deep. Pugs hard to measure but bodies around 2 1/2” long, 1 1/2” wide. Total height 4 1/2”.

SOLD!

PP651

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.
$60.00

PM098
GOLDEN GUARD PUG ( Antique Derby Pug Dog Figural Gold Plated Match Holder ): This is a striking, fierce looking pug that appears to be guarding his container of matches or toothpicks. His expression is foreign to our pugs of today, but not uncommon in Victorian Pug figurines with their cropped ears. He is nicely molded with a lock on his collar and his looks are enhanced by his shiny brown glass eyes. I have sold (and have in my personal collection) this Antique Derby Pug , but I have never before seen a gold one. Despite the fact that Derby is a silver plating company, this appears to be original gold plating and not gold that was painted on at a later date. If any of you collectors have any information about such pieces, I would appreciate you educating me. He was made by the Derby Silver Company founded in 1873. You can see on the base – “DERBY SILVER OF DERBY CT” & “QUADRUPLE PLATE” surrounding the hallmark of an anchor with an “S” wrapped around it above a crown – all within a circle. The model number “2304” is imprinted on the bottom and the number “4635” etched on the bottom.

Condition: Excellent for age. The mild wear to the plating of pug & holder is less than I usually see in plated figurals this old.
Size: Match holder 2 1/8" high, 1 1/2" diameter at bottom, 2 1/2" diameter at top.
Pug 2 3/8” high, 2 1/4" long, 1 1/2" wide. Total width of holder & pug 3”.
SALE!

$200.00

$80.00

PP089

MALE MATTHEWS PUG ( Vintage Basil Matthews Male Pug Dog ): Those of you who have visited our Pug Pages in the past know that I have handled a number of what I call “female” Basil Matthews Pugs, those seated on a cushion or pillow. However, the standing Male Matthews Pugs are very rare. There are two Matthews male models – this one and a slightly smaller glazed one. This model differs from all the other Matthews Pugs in that he is quite realistic with much more heavily carved features and only a light glaze. This handsome fellow is my very favorite of all the Basil Matthews Pugs. Sadly – he has a “boo-boo”, a repaired right rear leg (see photo). Happily – that is good for you. It doesn't show when displayed and it lowers the price. Matthews 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. This pug has both the “Basil Matthews” signature on his belly and a Basil Matthews sticker. A rare and wonderful addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Good. Repaired right rear leg. Defect taken into account in price.
Size: 3 1/2” high, 4” long, 1 1/2” wide.

SALE!

$190.00

$75.00

PP104

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.

$1800.00

PP382

CALL ME CAT-FACED? ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog ): Though our pug loves our cats I don't think she would like to carry the moniker - “Cat-Faced” as does this model of Victorian Pugs. Judging from the look on his face I don't think he is very happy about it either. Yet these antique pugs do have both a face and tail reminiscent of those of a cat and the cropped ears, typical of 19th Century pugs, add to the cat-like appearance. These were inexpensive pugs when made and often had minor glaze and firing defects. This handsome lad is unusual in being almost perfect in that regard. He has the usual loss of gold paint from his collar and collar bells. He is perfectly posed to display with your pug collection.

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

SALE!

$95.00

$50.00

PB020

CHECK MATE MOVE ( Antique Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): As the sweet little pug on the right subtly makes his Check Mate Chess move, the large, mean looking pug on the left gives him the “if looks could kill” stare. It is delightful how the Viennese Bronze artists could give their pugs so much personality – just like our own pugs. The Fritz Bermann Bronze Company dates back to 1850. Their 19th Century pugs were mainly realistic, but their pugs – along with mainly cats and frogs – were “humanized” in the early 20th Century and became very popular. The Bermann Company is still making these little masterpieces today, but the post-WWII ones are made in larger batches with less detail and painted with bright acrylic paint. If you collect Vienna Bronzes it is important that you learn to tell the difference since the old ones (pre-Great Depression) are much move valuable. I have shown a close-up of the back of the pug on the left – please note how you can see every hair of his coat. Amazing! Each chair seat has the Bermann hallmark on the bottom - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. “AUSTRIA” is impressed on the bottom of the table along with “GESCHÜTZT” - patented.

Condition: Excellent. No broken parts. There is paint loss in areas frequently handled – mainly sides of chairs – consistent with age.
Size: 2 5/8” wide, 1 3/4” high, 1” deep.

SALE!

$350.00

$200.00

PP410

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.

SALE!

$550.00

$300.00

For The Pair

 

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