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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!

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”.

$550.00

PP674

PRECIOUS PUG( Vintage Basil Matthews Pug Dog ): With every new Basil Matthews pug I purchase or post, I am amazed at the great variety of facial expressions he is able to create with just a few lines (or wrinkles) and the expressive eyes. This one is really precious – such a sweet face. 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, seated on a blue edged cushion decorated with red flower, has the “Basil Matthews” signature and a Basil Matthews sticker on the bottom, along with a felt pad. Just for fun I have photographed my “herd” of 27 Basil Matthews Pugs taking up a whole shelf of my small pug display case. Start you own herd!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Total height 2 3/4”. Base 2” long, 1 5/8” deep, 5/8” high. Pug 2 1/8” high, 1 3/4” long, 1 1/4” wide.

$160.00

JJ284

COOKIE MONSTER” ( Reverse Painted Pug Pendant & Earrings Set ): These charming pugs – looking eagerly down at a biscuit – are reverse decorated on a clear cabochon shaped plastic disc. They are made by the Mary Jewelry Co. of Toronto and designed by Marie-Christine. The pendant has a nice sized silver colored bale and comes with a black cord with a link chain at one end and a claw hook safety clasp at the other, so the length can be varied. It has a silver colored backing. The earrings are double sided and mirror images. They hang from silver shepherd's hooks. Wear this set proudly to show off your favorite breed or buy them as a gift for a pug-loving friend.

Condition: Brand new.
Size: Pendant 1 1/8” diameter, 1/4” deep. Cord length can vary from 18” to 20”. Earrings just under 1” in diameter, 1/4” deep. Hang 1 7/8” long.

$38.00

For The Set

JJ285

AUGUST RESCUE PUP ( Vintage Celluloid Scottie Dog Pin ): Thanks to all of you who have adopted our Rescue Pugs, they almost all have found new homes. When we first started “Time Dances By” in 2000, we had a section called “Jewelry for Dog Lovers” containing inexpensive dogs of all breeds. We still have several left and the poor things now live in a box. This darling Vintage Celluloid Scottie, with the big red bow and offering a red bone, is one of those dogs. She is 3-dimensional. I believe she used to sit atop something and was converted to a pin. She has a safety clasp pin back. I will be posting some of these dogs hoping you will adopt them as well – for yourself or as a gift. I think you will find the price of “adopting” these dogs very attractive.

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

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 3/4” high, 1 1/2” wide, 1/2” deep.

$7.00

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.
$75.00

PP739

PARTY PUGS! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dogs ): For years before we opened “Time Dances By” in 2000, my wife would occasionally get me some of Eve Pearce's larger, more complex, porcelain masterpieces for Christmas or my birthday. I have not yet started to sell them – partly because they are expensive and partly because I can't yet bear to part with them. This is one such sizable piece that I recently purchased for resale. The small delicate blue decorated china set is lovely. The blueberry muffins and the spice cake with raisins, covered by a creamy icing with cherries, are really quite delicious looking. I don't blame Eve's black and fawn pug pups for digging in. Compared to what our Jade does to my baked goods when she gets into them, these pugs are quite dainty feasters. Eve molds her pug pieces 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. You can't help but smile when you look at this raucous pug scene.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 5”. Pugs are 4” long. Table is 4 1/2” long and 2 3/4” wide. Base is 7 3/4” long and 6” deep.

$800.00

PP701

PERKY MEISSEN PUP ( Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome Meissen Pup looks eager to play. It’s wonderful how the Meissen porcelain artists give so much expression to their small pugs. This fellow sports a light blue collar with five gold bells (which add to the value) and a bow in back. I love the fact that we can see our chosen breed in Meissen molds made in the 18th & 19th Centuries. I can’t prove it, but the original mold of this pug may have been made by Meissen’s greatest porcelain artist Johann Joachim Kändler - in the 18th Century. He was known for putting his pugs in more active poses. Though you couldn’t call this lounge lizard very active, he is in a more interesting pose than the usual standing or seated stationary ones. Meissen pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and are the top of the line. Much of his coat is a light fawn color, not well shown in my photos. This pug carries the famous Meissen crossed swords hallmark on its base, along with the model number "78682", the molder mark "751D" with the “D” indicating it was thrown or molded in 1983 and a red painted "3270" indicating the artist.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3" long, 1 1/2" high, 1” deep.

$590.00

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.

$500.00

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.

$225.00

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.

$350.00

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”.

$275.00

PR078

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.

$40.00

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.

$590.00

PP382

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.

$95.00

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.

$700.00

For The Pair

PP598

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.

$125.00

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

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.

$650.00
 

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