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GET THAT ITCH! ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): Apparently even the Meissen Pugs of Royalty had fleas. I am very fond of all pugs Meissen, but I particularly like those that display some action like this one does. Though I can’t prove it, I suspect this pug was originally molded by Johann Joachim Kändler in the 18th Century. He was Meissen’s most famous porcelain artist and was known for the sense of action he gave to his animals. Meissen pugs are made from the original 18th & 19th Century molds. They continue to be made to this day of the finest hard past porcelain by some of the world’s best porcelain artists – thus maintaining their quality and their value. Adding to this pug’s beauty and value are the 5 golden bells on his blue collar with a buckle on the back. On his base is Meissen’s famous crossed swords hallmark, along with the impressed model “78772”, and the molder's number “198E” with the “E” meaning it was made in 1984. The blue “h” is probably the artist's ID. Don’t’ miss your chance to add this beauty to your collection.

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



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.



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.



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”.



KING OF THE BLACK PUGS ( Resin Black Pug Dog Figurine ): Every month I get requests for more black pugs. I have literally searched the hills (Texas Hill Country) for them and found this handsome stud. Obviously a Westminster or Crufts champion with his Silver Crown to prove it. He is a resin cast pug with very nice details. Add a little fun to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” high, 6” long, 3 1/4” wide.



APRIL RESCUE DOG ( Enamel & Rhinestone Bulldog Pin ): I am running short of Rescue Pugs living in boxes so I am periodically putting up one of the other breeds we have in those boxes as our Rescue Dog of the month. This good looking fellow is a Bulldog, but he could pass for a Pug. He is enameled over a gold tone sculpted body. The brown enamel has sparkles in it. His collar and the bone he hangs from are pavéd with rhinestones. His eyes are black rhinestones. Safety catch on back. If you don't want to adopt him perhaps he would make a nice gift for some Bulldog person you know. I think you will find the price of “adopting” our Rescue Dogs very attractive.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Monthly Rescue Dogs are for U.S.A. collectors only unless purchased along with another item(s) by an International collector.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2” high, 1 5/8” wide. Dog is 1 1/2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep.



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.



ONE-OF-A-KIND PUG PIN ( Brad Elfrink Bone Pug Dog Brooch / Pin ): This incredible Pug Pin was hand carved and decorated by the noted artist, Brad Elfrink (a friend of my wife, JJ). Brad is best known for his stunning Bangles and Brooches hand carved from Vintage Bakelite. As a special favor to Judy, he carved this Bone Brooch based on a photograph of one of our pugs – Nala. Please note the 3-dimensional detail and the easily seen grain shown on the final photo of the back of the brooch. There is a safety catch pin on the reverse along with the signature - “Brad Elfrink” and the date “12.15.6”. You need never fear entering a room and seeing anyone else wearing such a prized Pug Pin. Pugs rule!

Condition: Excellent. Never worn.
Size: 3” high, 2 7/8” wide, 3/8” deep.



ALL 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.


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.


For The Pair


CAN I EAT YET? ( Eve Pearce Black Porcelain Pug Dog ): Well, Happy Birthday to this young Pug Pup! She is well trained. She seems to be looking up at her pug parent, like our Jade does when we feed her, pleading to hear “now” so she can dig into that luscious looking birthday cake with the cherries on top. I think she's afraid that the yellow butterfly is going to take a bite first. This is another example of Eve Pearce's skill in catching her pugs in a familiar, and often comical, pose. Please note the fine tufts of grass and pink topped mushrooms decorating the base. Eve molds her 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 base just behind the pug. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching.

Condition: Excellent
Size: Base 6” long, 3 1/2” wide. Total height 3 1/2”. Pug 3 1/4” high, 3 1/4” long, 2” wide. Cake 1 1/2” in diameter.



DRESDEN MANN PUG ( Vintage Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Can't afford most 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 will see on these pages only his decoration is less detailed. Why is he priced so low? Because he is an Italian Dresden – very nice, 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. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 7” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.



PERKY PUG ( Antique Silver Plate Pug Dog ): James W. Tufts opened his Silver-Plate Company in Boston in 1875 to provide fine tableware for middle and lower class people who could not afford Sterling Silver. He produced mainly high-quality quadruple plate items meaning the electroplating contained four times the amount of pure silver than standard plate. He also produced elaborate silver soda fountains and founded Arctic Soda Fountain which later became the American Soda Fountain Company. I don't know what this perky quadruple silver plated pug was initially a part of. You can see a piece of metal on the top of the back end of the base which I assume fastened him to something larger. I'd like to think it was a pug decorated soda fountain! On the bottom is stamped the Tufts star hallmark surrounded by “James W Tufts, Boston” and “Warranted Quadruple Plate”, plus the model number “1543”. (As a little trivia – Tufts also founded Pinehurst, N.C., - the famous golf resort town.) Make this old perky fellow yours

Condition: Good. Was one part of a larger item.
Size: Base 3 3/4” long, 1 3/8” wide, 1/4” high. Pug 2 1/8” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide. Total height 1 3/4”.



BASIL BEAUTY ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog ): I am always on the look out for more Basil Matthews Pugs and I was pleased to find this one. It is rare to find one seated on this type of plush pillow. Most are found on a blue-edged cushion. This style pug is slightly larger. The pillow is light blue colored and decorated with purple and white flowers. Each of his pugs has a slightly different expression on their funny face, but all of them make you smile. 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. You can see the “Basil Matthews” signature on the back of the pillow. There is a green felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker. No pug collection is complete without at least one Basil Matthews Pug – and preferably many more.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 2 3/4”. Pug: 2 1/8” high, 2” long. Pillow: 2 1/2” long, 1 5/8” wide, 5/8” high.



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.



FAUX MEISSEN PUG MOM & PUP ( Antique Victorian Porcelain Pug Dog from Lena Horne Collection ): When my wife saw me holding this pug she said: “What a cute Meissen pug!” Yes, she is an old porcelain hand painted pug with cropped ears, a blue collar and a crossed swords trademark. And the pose of the pug mom with her baby peeking out from under her is that of a Meissen model. But I’m afraid she’s only a “Faux” Meissen Pug. The hallmark is that of the French company, Samson & Sons. However, what makes this pug even more interesting is that she comes from Lena Horne's pug collection! The dealer I purchased her from was a Majolica dealer. He had purchased several pugs from her collection at auction. He only wanted her Majolica Pug but had to purchase a small batch. He was selling the others, including this one, for very reasonable prices. The Majolica was beyond my budget. But - what the heck – this is a lovely Pug Mom & Pup and I’ve never seen another like her. She’s a good example of how porcelain factories all over Europe tried to emulate the famous (and expensive) Meissen Porcelains before hallmark laws became stricter in the late 1800's. So she’ll make a very interesting addition to your collection of pugs.

Condition: Good. Missing back collar bell. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 3 1/8” tall, 3” long, 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.



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".



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.


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