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PP180

C & B WHITE BEAUTY ( Antique Conte & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): This lovely lady has been in my personal collection for many years. The adjective “lovely” may not seem appropriate for those who don't have, or collect, pugs. Over my 40+ years of walking our pugs I have had more than one young child say: “But he's so ugly!” As we all know, both our pet pugs and our pug figurines grow on you with time and become at least “cute” if not really “lovely”. She was made by theGerman Conte & Boehme Porcelain Company in the late 1800's. They did not make the high quality, perfectly molded pugs like those produced by Meissen, Thieme & Nymphenburg. Their figurines of all types were made for the common folk and were relatively inexpensive so most were not hallmarked. This pug is really special because she is white. White C & B Pugs are quite rare. Her beauty is enhanced by a royal blue and gold striped collar and bow containing five golden bells. She has more gold paint remaining than most such antique pugs. I hope one of you will give her a good new home.

Condition: Very good. She has had a professional repair of her central four nipples and there is a small area of missing glaze (see photo). Otherwise she is in really excellent condition – no chips, cracks, scratches or reattached bells (checked by black light).
Size: 5” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

PP379

WHAT A STUD! (Vintage Coopercraft Porcelain Pug Dog ): Coopercraft Pugs, mostly from the 1950's, were quite common when I first started collecting pugs in the 1970's, but now are seldom seen. And I've NEVER seen another of their pugs dressed up like this handsome stud! I'm sure he was a specialty item, perhaps even one-of-a-kind. Besides the black tux and black bow tie, his tux shirt has studs and cuff links. Coopercraft Pottery was located in the Staffordshire area of England, but has long since ceased operation so even the usual fawn pugs are much harder to find. To the best of my knowledge this was the only model of pug that they made. I have included a photo of a long ago sold fawn one. Don't miss this chance to add this dressed to impress really special Stud to your collection!

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

SOLD!

PP712

ANTIQUE MEISSEN MADAME ( Antique Meissen Female Porcelain Pug Dog ): I am really excited to be able to offer my first antique (or almost antique) Meissen Pug. I would keep her but she doesn't mix well with my late 20th Century Meissen collection. I purchased her last year at the Houston HADA Show (best in Texas) from an antique porcelain dealer who had several lovely, fancy, frilly Meissen figures and this one lonely pug. He told me she came along with a batch of Meissen figures he won at an auction. I have probably seen around a dozen antique Meissen Pugs in my years of collecting – all with obvious breaks or repairs. Those made in the 1800's were all brown like this one, but I was eager to research it in my Meissen bible - “The Book of Meissen” second edition by Robert E. Röntgen. It turns out the “M” in the model “M91” means it was first made around 1806, but: “The numbers belong to the models, and a pull of a model made in the 20th century bears the same number as the 18th century original.” This holds true until 1974 when Meissen switched to 5 digit model number with a letter or symbol designating the year it was pulled. Of much more value is the famous crossed swords Meissen hallmark on this pug. These are “Pommel Swords”, only used by Meissen between 1850-1924. (The pommel is the enlarged fixture at the base of the grip.) As most of you know, Meissen was the first European company to make fine hard paste porcelain and the first to feature pugs. Because they became so valuable they were the most copied. Thus, no research is complete without researching all the imitation Meissen hallmarks. I did so. Very few have pommels and those few look nothing like this hallmark. I have photographed the Meissen Madame with her modern male mate from my personal collection, model #78746. I am hoping that one of you will appreciate her rarity and give her a good home.

Condition: Excellent. Few scratches on muzzle and feint defect in glaze on lower chest (see photo). Original to piece – checked with black light.
Size: 5 1/4” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 3/4” wide.

SOLD!

PP580

FEED ME! ( Nymphenburg Antique Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): I guess pugs haven't changed muchThis charming “Blanc de Chin” male pug looks just like our Jade when she pleads with me to feed her.When fine hard paste porcelain was first developed in Europe in the 1700’s it was sometimes called “White Gold” because it was literally worth it weight in gold. Though this pug was made in the 20th Century, he was crafted in the age old painstaking method from the original antique molds. I have a Nymphenburg Catalogue which details how they put together a dog such as this with such slender, delicate legs. Multiple molds are used for part of the pug. The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, located in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, has been creating their porcelain masterpieces since the mid-eighteenth century. In my 35 years of pug collecting I have seen very few Nymphenburg Pugs for sale. (This one came from a private collection.) My catalogue, from 12 years ago, has 3 pugs in it – one antique & two modern. The prices are unbelievable! This pug is a good example of how our modern pugs have changed. Note the long delicate legs, the smaller head and the longer muzzle. In recognition of its noble pedigree this figurine carries the impressed Nymphenburg hallmark of the Royal Bavarian Coat of Arms along with a printed version with “Nymphenburg” below it. Also there are the impressed numbers “665” & “16”. Don't miss out on this treasure!

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

SOLD!

PP732

DRESDEN MOM & PUP PUGS ( Rudolph Kämmer Antique Style Black Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful Black Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog mother and suckling puppy were 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 a “1” beneath it. Black pugs were quite rare in the 19th Century so true black antique pug figurines are very rare. This antique-style Black Pug helps fill that void.

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

SOLD!

PP624

DERBY DAY ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): This Eve Pearce Pug beauty was custom made for me several years ago. She comes from my personal collection. We said we wanted a pug dressed for the Royal Ascot, but, as you can see, she would also be quite the hit at our Kentucky Derby. To the best of my knowledge, she is a one-of-a-kind Pearce masterpiece. After making her Eve told me this pug model was much to difficult to make so she doubted she would make another. Eve molds these pugs by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them. Her hallmark can be seen on the bottom. There are felt pads on the base to prevent scratching. Don't miss adding this Derby Day beauty to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4 3/4” high, 2 3/4” wide, 2 3/4” deep.

SOLD!

PP698

THE PUG CIRCUS ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Black Pug Dogs ): What joy! Don't these two Black Clown Pugs look like they are having a ball? I've handled some of Eve's single black clown pug models but this is the first more complex one I've been able to get with two pugs leaping over a large red and white ball. Also note the pug footprints all over the base. Clever! 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 back of the base. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. Add these pugs to your collection and you won't be able to stop smiling!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Base 8 1/4” long, 4” deep, 1/2” high. Pugs 4 3/4” long. Ball 2 1/4” in diameter. Total height 4 1/2”.

SOLD!

PB094

THE PERFECT PLAYFUL PUG ( D. L. Engle Limited Series Bronze Pug Dog ): This Playful Pug is a perfect example of the skill and talent of Debbie Engle (professionally known as D. L. Engle) in capturing the movement and emotions of her famous animal bronze sculptures. She is a California award-winning sculptress, primarily of limited series, collected world wide. This wonderful pug, whirling his blanket around, is #11 in a limited series of only 25. She uses the lost wax method in transforming her clay models into bronze. This pug is on a red marble base with a felt covered bottom. It is very substantial and very heavy statue so not easily knocked over – making him a perfect decoration for your coffee or end table. He bears the Engle signature – “DL Engle” and “11/25”. You can “Google” many of the examples of Engle's skill as well as her web site: www.dlengle.com Don't you want to be one of the lucky 25 collectors who own this delightful Playful Pug?

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 7 1/4". Pug 6 1/2" high, 5 3/4" long. The base is 6" in diameter, 3/4” high.

SOLD!

PM085

LARGE TERRA-COTTA PUG ( Antique Austrian Terra-Cotta Pug Dog ): I always enjoy looking at the handful of pug figurines found at most “high end” antique shows. Often there are one or two large, grayish pugs with multiple chips, cracks and sometimes obvious repairs. Out of curiosity I ask the price - $5000!!! I ask why? “It's terra-cotta!” (Accompanied by a look that says “How can you be so ignorant?”) I decided I shouldn't remain ignorant. Terra-cotta (baked earth) is unglazed, earth colored, hard baked clay. Nineteenth Century Terra-Cotta Pugs are so expensive because so few remain. And those that do generally have multiple defects because of the relatively soft material of which they are molded. This almost life-sized good looking male pug has survived over 100 years in relatively good health. I particularly like him because he reminds me of our “throw back” pug, Jade. In fact, just for fun, I have included two photos of Jade for comparison. You can see the tip of this pug's tongue sticking out – not an uncommon trait. (It looks white in photo but is actually a very pale pink.) Our Jade lets the tip of her tongue stick out when she is tired – as when I took this photo. Victorian pugs had longer legs and muzzles and I have also done a muzzle comparison. This pug is very realistic in all regards. Please note his incredibly wonderful coat of hair. He wears a leather collar and has beautiful brown glass eyes. DON’T PASS UP THIS RARE PUG!

Condition: Excellent for a terra-cotta pug. He has two small chips in edge of right ear and multiple small areas of paint rubbed off, particularly on muzzle and feet.
Size: 11 1/2” high, 8 1/2” long, 6'' wide.

SOLD!

PB068

TAILOR MADE ( Vintage Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): Unlike today when most pugs are pampered pets, early 20th Century Pugs – like this one – had to work for a living. This talented tailor appears to be fashioning a pair of fancy red pants. Bergmann, the most famous of Vienna Bronze artists, has put amazing detail into his Singer Sewing Machine. I remember well that of my grandmother. I can even see the hinged areas allowing the table top to open and the machine to rotate down. The top swings back up to form a flat topped table. Amazing! My only concern is how Mr. Pug reaches the pedal with his short little legs. I collect and deal both vintage (pre WWII) and new (last 20 years) Vienna Bronze Pugs. It is important to understand and be able to recognize the difference. The vintage pieces, such as this one, were molded in small batches and have much finer detail – note how you can see each individual hair of this pug’s coat. Even though the new pieces may come from the same old molds, they are made in much larger batches with much less detail and fast drying acrylic cold cast painting is used. The Vintage Vienna Bronzes have a much higher value. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the bottom of the stool, along with “Austria”. Franz Bergmann opened his first bronze foundry in Vienna in 1860. His work was continued into the 20th Century by his son, Xavier Bergmann. Many of their 20th Century pieces are based on the designs of Franz. This is a definite prize for you Vienna Bronze collectors!

Condition: Excellent. Some of the paint rubbed off the pants and the “S” from Singer.
Size: 2” high, 1 1/2" wide, 1 1/2" deep. Pug 1 5/8” high.
SOLD!

PM095

PEN PAL PUG ( Antique Carved Wood Pug Inkwell ): Probably not many of you write with a quill pen or one requiring dipping (or even remember such), but this beautifully carved late 19th Century (Victorian) Pug Head Inkwell will make a wonderful addition to any pug collection. I only rarely see these at the antique shows I attend, much less one I can afford and much less one with the original interior metal workings and glass inkwell intact. You can see this one was used by the dark ink spattering down the right side of his face. However, whoever used him did not use the leather ink pad in the metal cap to remove excess ink, as is often done. That pad appears ink free and in perfect condition. He probably comes from the Black Forest area of Germany. Besides the fine carving, you can see he has a leather collar with red felt backing and a metal plate for engraving his name, along with large glass eyes. The bottom has a well worn leather pad to prevent desk scratches and to cover the various screws or bolts that hold his parts together. Don’t pass up this gem!

Condition: Excellent for age. No chips, cracks or repairs. Interior inkwell intact. Several small round holes in wood – possibly from insects – but appear to be original to piece. Some cracks in the leather collar and wear to leather pad on bottom.
Size: 3 1/2" high, 3 1/4" deep, 2 3/8” wide.
SOLD!

PP194

FEED ME! ( Antique Victoria Schmidt Bavarian Porcelain Pug Lidded Container ): One could use this large Bavarian Pug Head Container to hold numerous items – flowers, cigars, jewelry, etc. – but I selected candy – candy corn to be specific. The biggest problem I had in photographing him was refraining from eating so much I couldn’t keep him full! I have handled several sitting and standing Bavarian Pugs, but containers are rare – particularly ones with a hallmark. Like Conta & Boehme Pugs, these antique pugs – easily identified by their orange, black & white coloring – were inexpensive when made in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries and, thus, rarely hallmarked. Again like the C & B pugs they are nicely molded and hand painted. 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. You can see the hallmark on the bottom, along with “182.” (probably the decorating artist) and a red “V”. On the upper edge there is the number “753”. On the lid are a repetition of “182.” and the number “679”. The oval hallmark contains “Victoria” & “Carlsbad” with “Austria” below. An eagle is inside the oval. (Altrohlau, Bohemia, Austria is now Stara Role in the Czech Republic.) A pug collector from New Zealand told me these pugs were commonly called “Bavarian Pugs”, so I have adopted that nomenclature. Buy it now! It is large enough to stand alone or become a nice part of your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. No chips cracks or repairs.
Size: 4 3/4" high, 6 1/4" long, 4 1/2" wide. Opening 3 1/2” long, 3” wide.
SOLD!

PB098

BRONZE BEAUTY ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): The Viennese started “humanizing” some of their bronze animal figurines in the early 20th Century. The desire was partly to provide something new and attractive and partly to use smaller animals – costing less to make – in order to move their bronzes from the Biedermeier cabinets of the wealthy to the shelves of the middle class traveler as souvenirs of Austria. Pugs were a natural selection for use as a humanized animal for reasons I need not explain to any “pug parents”. On rare occasions – usually at high end antique shows – I see one of the handful of larger, beautifully detailed, naturalistic Vienna Bronze Pugs from the late 1800’s. Even with much of their paint missing they are highly prized and priced. The bronze from which they are made can easily be recognized where it can be seen on the base and on rubbed areas, as well as from the very heavy weight. (Some 20th Century Vienna “Bronzes” were made of lesser metals when wars or the great depression made the copper used in bronze scarce or too expensive.) I recently obtained this handsome seated male Vienna Bronze Pug. Please note the fine detail of the molding in the close-up of his back and his face – showing his pug wrinkles, muzzle, detailed eyes & brows, his ruff and the red collar with ring he is wearing. The side view shows his elongated muzzle typical of 19th Century Pugs. Condition: Moderate loss of paint from rubbing. No chips, cracks, repairs or repainting. Size: 2 1/2” high, 2 1/4” long, 1 3/8” wide. SOLD!

PM089

PEN & INK, MASTER? ( Victorian Wood Carved Pug Dog Inkwell ): This Antique Pug Pen Holder & Inkwell had to be inspirational to his owner. Doesn’t he just inspire you to write? This is a most unusual Victorian Wooden Pug Inkwell – possibly one of a kind. I have seen a number, but all the others have been just the pug’s head. I particularly love the evidence that he was well used and his sparkling glass eyes. He has ink spatters all down his front. He has decoration darkening of his face, feet and the stripe down his back, but most of the rest of the dark areas you see are ink. Another sign of use is what remains of the ink pad covering the spring seen in the cap of the inkwell. It was a pen wipe, well worn and ink stained. All parts of the metal inkwell are intact. In the bottom is a partial hallmark – “K. A.” above a stylized eagle, most commonly used in Germany & Austria, with a partial name: “J. STREI...” & “WIEN...” beneath the eagle. The latter probably means this is from Vienna (Wien). The base has a well worn pad on the bottom covering a pewter plate over the attachments. His one flaw is a repaired left front leg. He is darker than my photos. I had to lighten him to show the details. The 6 ¾” 14KT tipped Vintage Dip Pen pictured is included. Condition: Very good. Repaired left front leg. Original metal inkwell intact. Size: Pug 6” high, 2 ¼” wide, 3 ¼” deep. Base 4 ¼” deep, 3 ½” wide, ¾” high. Total height 6 ¾”. SOLD!

PP551

LARGE & LOVELY QUEEN PUG ( Antique Conta & Boehme German Porcelain Pug Dog ): I can’t believe my luck! After looking for this largest model of the seated Conte & Boehme Pugs (for an affordable price) most of my collecting life, this is the second one I’ve found in 2 years. This large C & B Pug is much less common than their smaller 3” to 5” pugs. 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. 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. She 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 an “11”. 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 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. Condition: Very good. She has some superficial paint loss from her tail, as well as the usual loss of most of the gold paint from the bells & collar. (It is cold painted after firing so it rubs off easily.) There are 2 fine firing cracks (see photos). None of these really affect her value since, as mentioned, these pugs were never originally made to perfection. What does lower her value is my discovery, on careful inspection with a “black” light, of a professional repair of one of her bells attached to a small flake of the collar (see photos). On the other hand, the presence of the C & B Hallmark increases her value, so I’m sure she will become a prized possession for some lucky collector. Size: 8 1/2” high, 10” long, 5 1/4” wide. SOLD!

PB079

VINTAGE BERGMANN 10 PIECE VIENNA BRONZE PUG BAND ( Vintage 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, mandolin, banjo & string bass; the percussionist – big base drum; the horn section – saxophone & clarinet - and, of course, the Austrian Alpine accordionist. 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 minimal paint loss and no broken parts – commonly found in the older bands. The band comes from the bronze factory of the most famous of Vienna Bronze artists of old – Franz Bergmann. His Fleur-de-lis hallmark can be seen on the side of the base drum and the back of the string bass. There is also an imprinted “Austria” in those same places, plus the back of the Maestro’s music stand. Condition: Excellent. Only a few areas of worn paint. No breaks or missing parts. All the pugs are 1 1/2" to 1 5/8” tall with the instruments and the baton making some higher. APPLAUSE PLEASE! SOLD!
 

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