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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.



KING OF THE HOUSE ( Eve Pearce Fawn Porcelain Pug Dog ): As this handsome fawn-colored pug sits on his “throne”, you can see who rules this house. If you are a pug parent, it is probably the same in many of your homes. Ours tells us very clearly when it is time to eat, time for a walk, time to play (generally when I am trying to read the paper), time to go to bed, time to get up and, though she loves her three cat sisters, she lets them know when enough is enough. Pearce is a master at catching the look and personality of our pugs. Besides the pug please note the lovely flowers and vines decorating the sky blue pillow and the gold fringe which surrounds it. 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 pillow. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. If you are a Pearce or a Pug collector you don't want to miss adding this beauty to your collection!

Condition: Excellent
.Size: Pillow 6 1/4” in diameter, 1” high. Pug 4 1/2” long, 2 1/2” high, 2” wide.



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.



SNAPPY PUG ( Antique Majolica Pug Dog Smoking Set ): This snappy dresser, with his coral cocked hat and coral collar with hanging lock, is ahead of his time. Most smokers go outside to smoke these days. This old pug (late 19th Century) is out in his back yard with his fenced in cigar or cigarette holder, match-holder with scratch pad and ash tray surrounded by grass and flowers. Victorian Majolica is earthenware molded pottery with colorful lead glazes giving them very bright colors. I love to visit the Majolica booths at antique shows – so bright and cheerful. This smoking set has “6505” and what looks like “12” impressed in the base. Why, you might ask, is this rare and delightful antique pug so inexpensive? It is not because of the fairly common fine cracks seen at the back of the cigarette holder, but rather due to the extensive repair of the right side and much of the back of the base. (see photos) Despite that, this colorful pug display looks fine from the front and makes a great affordable nice sized Snappy Antique Pug for any collection.

Condition: Fair. Fine cracks in back of cigarette holder and repair of base.
Size: 5 1/5” high, 6 3/4” wide, 4 3/4” deep. Pug 4 1/2” high, 3” long, 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”.



JANUARY RESCUE PUG ( Ceramic Pug Dog ): I have to admit, I don't really know for sure that this is a pug since I can't see his tail, but I love his rows of wrinkles. The way he was made is interesting. He is solid, but his layers of wrinkles and his collar – which rises up above his neck – were fastened on separately. His black button eyes, nose, toenails and white collar decorations have a shiny glaze. His coat is roughened and striated to look like hair. Whatever his breed, his talented creator - “JR” I think – has made a darling dog. He would mix in nicely with any pug collections. This is one the Rescue Pugs that I post each month. My personal collection long ago outgrew my display cases, book case crannies, etc. Because I continue to collect pugs, many of the poor things now live in boxes and I want to find better homes for them. I think you will find the price of “adopting” these pugs very attractive.

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

Condition: Very good. He has a fine crack down his backbone.
Size: 3 1/4” long, 1 3/4” high, 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.



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.



BAVARIAN BEAUTY ( Antique Bavarian Porcelain Pug Dog ): What a handsome pug! You can see his pride in the way he holds himself. I call this style pug a "Bavarian Pug" because he was made in the northern Bavarian portion of the old Austrian Empire, now part of the Czech Republic. Southern Germany is also part of Bavaria - near Dresden and Meissen, Germany - prime porcelain country. These pugs were made by the Porcelain Factory – Victoria Schmidt & Co. of Altrohlau, Austria (1891 - 1918). The molding is nicely detailed with a ruff around the neck and a collar with a ring. The decoration is unusually colorful, with the striking contrasts between the white lower body and legs; bright orange upper body, tail, head and ruff and black face. Like Conta & Boehme Pugs, these antique pugs were inexpensive when made in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries and, thus, rarely hallmarked. They have now become quite collectible. This fellow is a good sized, sturdy pug. A colorful addition to any pug collection.

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



LADY OF THE BELLS ( Rudolph Kämmer Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful fawn-spotted Antique Style Dresden Porcelain Female Pug Dog 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 a “1” beneath it. Though posted separately she is a perfect mate with Lord of the Bells (PP666).

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




For The Pair


LORD OF THE BELLS ( Rudolph Kämmer Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome fellow is wearing a burnt orange collar with the greatest golden bells of any of the wonderful hard paste Porcelain Dresden Pug Dogs. And you can tell how proud he is! This beautifully molded and beautifully hand painted pug is made by the Rudolph Kämmer Manufactory of Volkstedt, Germany, founded in 1862. Along with Meissen, Thieme and Nymphenburg, they make the finest Antique looking 19th Century style pugs - longer legs and muzzle, white with fawn or gray spots and cropped ears. And I love his large soft brown eyes! 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. Though posted separately he is a perfect mate with Lady of the Bells (PP667).

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7 3/4" high, 8 1/2” long – tail to forearm, 5” deep and 7 large golden bells 5/8” in diameter.




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.



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.



SILVER PUG NAPKIN RING ( Antique Victorian Silver Plated Pug Dog Napkin Ring ): Over the years as we've attended antique shows I've gotten to know a dealer of silver plated figurals. Out of the 100 or so he displays there are always 8-10 with pugs. Most are napkin rings or fancy items such as carriages – all beyond my budget. The others are match or toothpick holders. A napkin ring with the exact same pug on it costs much more than when on a match-holder. He tells me that is because there are many more collectors of napkin rings than pugs or match-holders. In any event, this year he finally was able to show me an affordable pug napkin ring so I grabbed it! This is a typical Victorian style pug with longer muzzle and legs, clipped ears and a fancy collar. He is striding out on an oval silver napkin holder. Victorians collected different animal napkin rings for each family members so they immediately knew to whom it belonged. The bottom is stamped with the crossed hammer hallmark of the “Wilcox Silver Plate Co.” of “Meriden, Conn.”, “Quadruple Plate” used from 1867-1898. Finally an affordable Pug Napkin Ring just for you at your table – or a great gift!

Condition: Excellent. Wear on each side consistent with age.
Size: Pug 2 5/8” long, 1 5/8” high, 7/8” wide. Ring 3” long, 7/8” wide, 7/8” high. Total height 2 1/2”.



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".



DRESDEN DAME ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): The Carl Thieme Porcelain Company, established in 1867 in the Dresden suburb of Potschappel, is located just far enough away to have saved most or 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 antique mops molds remain. This sitting lovely lady is one of the two smallest, but she is quite a beauty. She is decorated in fawn and black and wears a royal blue collar with three golden bells on it along with a small blue bow at the back. The Thieme Dresden hallmark is near the base of her belly; the number “712” is impressed on the bottom. Made from hard paste porcelain, Thieme Pugs rank right up there with Meissen's in terms of quality. A lovely addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. The small hole in her chest (see photo) is a firing hole, not a defect.
Size: 4 3/4" high, 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4” wide.



FINE FRAULINE MOPS ( Antique Conta & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): These Victorian Pugs were made by the German Porcelain Company – Conta & Boehme – in the latter part of the 1800’s. Because, 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 usually did not bear the C & B hallmark. One might compare them to the Staffordshire dogs of England. What is nice about them is that they are true antiques, over 115 years old, whereas most of the Meissen and Dresden pugs you see are newly made from antique molds. This young lady (or should I say “old” lady) is perfect in her molding with no firing cracks or other defects. I checked her with a black light. She is a nice example of one of C & B's medium to small pugs. Her collar bears 5 bells and a lovely bow in back. Almost all antique pugs have the gold rubbed off of their bells. In fact if such bells are all still gold it probably isn’t an antique or they were repainted. The gold paint used then had to be applied after the pug had cooled off. If the gold was painted on before the final firing it turned black. Thus the “cold painted” gold was quite easily rubbed off. This Conte & Boehme Pug has “III – 4” impressed in her base, probably her model number. A nice real antique addition to any collection for a very reasonable price.

Condition: Excellent. This pug has the usual loss of gold from her bells and bow and some fine superficial scratches on her back & tail.
Size: 4” high, 4 ½” long, 2 inches wide.



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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