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PP667

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.

$525.00

Each

$1000.00

For The Pair

PP666

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.

$525.00

Each

$1000.00

For The Pair

PB136

PEEK-A-BOO ( Antique Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This is really cute – a pug puppy posed to pounce from the top of a crate to try to catch that pesky mouse disappearing into a hole in the box. This is an old Vienna Bronze Pug probably made in the late 1800's before Vienna Bronze animals were “humanized”. I don't know the meaning of the various numbers and letters on the sides and top of the box but I find it particularly intriguing that there is also a Star of David, a symbol of Judaism, on the back of the top. The box opens but that sneaky mouse is going into an area still covered when the lid is lifted. I've seen a lot of Vienna Bronze Pugs over the years, but never one like this. I won't say it is one-of-a-kind, but it is certainly rare. If you collect small pugs or Vienna Bronzes this one is a great find!

Condition: Very good. Various small areas of paint loss. No broken or cracked parts.
Size: Total height 1 1/2”, length 1 3/8”, depth 1”. Pug 1 1/4” long, 7/8” high.

SOLD!

PP718

SNUG AS A PUG ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Black Pug Dog ): This Pearce Pug Dog touched my heart. Our Jade doesn’t have as thick a coat as our other pugs have had, so we frequently cover her with a baby blanket when she is sleeping. Once again Eve has captured her little pug in a pose familiar to us all – sprawled on a pillow, with back legs spread out. She is sleeping under a typical baby blanket decorated with bright pink and red flowers, green leaves and vines. I think the black pugs like this one contrast beautifully against the white of the bed. Pearce’s pugs are made from hard paste porcelain, not from molds, but modeled by hand – so there are no two alike. Yours will always be unique. You can see Eve’s hallmark on a the bottom. There are felt pads to prevent scratching. Add this cute Pearce Pug Puppy to your collection. 

Condition: Excellent. 
Size: Base 4 3/8" long, 3 3/4" wide. Pug 3 1/4" long. Total height 1 1/2”
$200.00

PP637

A BLACK BASIL BEAUTY ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Black Pug Dog ): I own and have sold many Basil Matthews Pugs over the years, but black ones are very rare. She has a precious expression on her face – somewhat comical as are most of the Matthews Pugs – and is seated on a dark blue cushion decorated with blue bachelor buttons and green vines. A gold stripe separates the blue cushion from the flowered top. Since his figurines were all hand decorated, no two are exactly alike, so yours will always be unique. 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. You can see the “Basil Matthews” signature on the bottom. The green felt pad usually found on the bottom of Matthews' Pugs was missing. I replaced it so it will not scratch. No pug collection is complete without at least one Basil Matthews Pug – and preferably more. Don’t miss out on this rare Black Beauty!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 2 5/8". Pug 1 7/8” high, 1 7/8” long. Base 2 1/8" long, 1 1/2” deep.

SOLD!

PP401

OLD CHAP ( Antique Staffordshire Bisque Porcelain Pug Dog ): This old fellow was undoubtedly born in one of the hundreds of small Staffordshire potteries located in the Midlands of England. The area had plenty of clay, lead, salt and coal making it a perfect area for making pottery. It was not great for farming so the early farmers often made pottery in their homes as a side business. Staffordshire pottery production goes back for centuries but peaked in the 1700's and 1800's. This old pug (c. 1870-90) is a perfect example of what was essentially initially made by amateurs. They often had firing and decorating flaws. They were inexpensive items made for the common man, not for the rich like the German porcelain pugs. Dogs such as this were often called “comforters”. This pug is a bisque porcelain, fired only once at a relatively low temperature giving it a soft appearing porous surface as opposed to a glazed surface. You can see from her name written twice on the bottom that a little girl named Allie really loved him. Add this little bit of history to your pug collection.

Condition: Good. Small scratches on head and back, brown color missing from right eye.
Size: 3 1/2” high, 3” long, 1 1/2” deep.

SOLD!

PR079

OCTOBER RESCUE DOG ( Resin Springer Spaniel ): You are correct – this is not a unusual looking pug. I have run low on my poor pugs who have been squeezed off my display cases and are now living in boxes. Thus, I am asking you to adopt a smattering of other breeds who need decent homes. I am not sure how I came by this handsome Springer Spaniel with the sparkling eyes, though one of the first dogs our family had when I was a child was a Springer named Ginger. I remember her fondly. I hope one of you can find it in your heart to provide a good new home for this lovely dog or perhaps give him as a gift. You will find his adoption fee quite reasonable.

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: 3” high, 3 1/2” long, 1 1/2” wide.

$5.00

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.

$650.00

PP711

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.

$225.00

PM114

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”.

$180.00

PP707

QUEEN OF THE PUGS ( Vintage Mottahedeh Conte & Boehme Reproduction Porcelain Pug Dog ): If you've seen pictures of famous pug collections, such as that of Sylvia Sydney, you've undoubtedly seen one, or a pair, of these large beauties with black faces, fancy collars and either white or tan bodies. I recently purchased a pair for our own personal collection. It was only then that I learned they were made by the Mottahedeh Company, the most famous maker of antique porcelain reproductions in the USA. Rafi and Mildred Mottahedeh married and formed their company in 1929 and were mainly collectors for their first few decades – amassing not only European porcelains, but the largest private collection of Chinese export porcelain in the world! By the late 1950's they began making reproductions of their own collections. In the '60's and '70's they became the most important source of museum reproductions and their pieces, made mainly in Portugal, now decorate the White House along with many famous institutions and homes of the rich and famous. So, what about our pug? I recently handled the largest of the famous Conte & Boehme male pugs and discovered my Mottahedeh male was an exact copy except for the decoration and being lighter in weight (see photo of both males and photos with soda cans). So I'm sure that this pug, with her gold and teal trimmed collar and bow and five golden bells, is the exact replica of the largest of the female Conte & Boehme pugs. She has a Mottahedeh sticker on her belly and was probably made in the 1960's or '70's. Join the rich and famous and add this Queen of the Pugs to your collection!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, scratches or repairs. There is linear crazing over much of the white glaze (see photo). Size: 9 1/2” high, 11 1/2” long, 5” wide.

SOLD!

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.

$700.00

PP677

ME & MY TEDDY ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Black Pug Dog ): This pug mommy sleeping with her Teddy Bear cuddled against her has always been one of Eve Pearce's most popular models. Only recently has she made any with black pugs and, I have to admit, they are really darling. This Teddy Bear is light tan with a lovely blue neckerchief. 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 bottom where there are felt pads to prevent scratching. For those of you who have fallen in love with black pugs – don't miss the opportunity to add this charmer.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5” long, 3” wide, 2 3/4” high. Teddy 2 5/8” long.

SOLD!

PP024

WHAT A DISH! ( Merry Scotland Porcelain Pug Dog Dish ): This pug really is a beauty. It is a transfer painting to the domed cover of a porcelain dish or bowl – rimed in gold. There are pictures of three bones around the sides of the dish and a red leash and collar on the inside of the base. On the bottom you can see the lovely hallmark – a horse and two dogs above a gold leaf decorated base containing the words “Merry Scotland Designs”. Below that is a script “Merry Scotland ©” and “Made in the USA”. If your home is like ours you have “pugaphernalia” all over the place. This lovely pug covered dish could be used to actually hold something or – as it has been doing in our house – just sitting around and looking beautiful!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3 5/8” in diameter, 1 3/4” high.

$75.00

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.

$800.00

PP706

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".

$2200.00

PP682

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.

$375.00

PP380

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.

$235.00

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.

$525.00
 

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