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PLAY BALL! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): This is one of my favorite pug positions – and the first Black Pearce Clown Pug I’ve had in this pose. She looks ready to Play Ball! And don’t you love her cute tail? I’m always amazed how Eve makes her pugs so recognizable to us pug owners and collectors. And the clown collar adds just the perfect touch. What are our pugs besides the ultimate clowns? Eve’s pugs, made from hard pasted porcelain, are not molded, but modeled by hand – so there are no two alike. Yours will always be unique. This pug has felt pads on the base to prevent scratching and bears Eve’s personal hallmark. Start, or add to your Pearce collection now.

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



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. I have seen exactly four in my life – two like this one I am offering and two slightly smaller glazed ones. I sold one of the latter and am now offering one of the larger ones. He 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, both of my pugs of this style have “boo-boos”. The one I'm keeping has a repaired leg. This one has a chipped right ear. I have painted the area of the chip with black enamel so it looks pretty good. 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. He has the “Basil Matthews” signature on his belly. A rare and wonderful addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Good. Chipped right ear. Defect taken into account in price.
Size: 3 1/2” high, 4” long, 1 1/2” 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.



PUGLIACCI” ( Limited Series Resin Sculpted Clown Pug ): Pugs do make perfect clowns. It is in their looks and in their personalities. Ka Graves, a well respected Arizona artist and poet, sculpted this wonderfully outfitted resin Clown Pug in a limited series in 1995. The troubled look on his face is meaningful. The famous Italian opera, “Pagliacci”, has a Commedia dell’arte play within the opera performed by a troop of clowns. But the comedy does not end well for the Clown, Pagliaccio, or the actor playing him – Canio. Both are the victims of unfaithful wives. The opera ends with the famous line: “La commedia è finita!” Thus the troubled look on poor Pugliacci's face and his paw over his broken heart. Impressed in the drapes of the outfit is the artist's name, “© Ka Graves”, “95” and “5000”. The sticker on the bottom is difficult to read but besides the name, “Pugliacci”, I think it says “Imaginals by Ka Graves” above “Animals”. Add another clown to your pug collection!

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



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. 



FAUX BRONZE PUG ( Vintage Metal Pug Dog ): This is a nicely molded metal pug (c. 1930's) that I'm sure I thought was a bronze or even a Vienna Bronze Pug before I picked him up. Wow! This is an awfully light weight bronze for his size! Then I look at the bottom and see that this pug is hollow and the metal silver colored – either pewter or white metal. White metal is any of several metal alloys that were actually used to make Vienna “bronzes” during the great depression when the copper required to make bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) was too expensive. In any event this handsome pug is painted to look like a bronze pug. This is a chance to add a bronze looking pug to your collection for a bargain price.

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



DECEMBER RESCUE PUG ( Christmas Pug Dog Mug ): Since it's difficult to buy gifts for me and we have had pugs and a pug collection forever, I frequently am given “pugaphernalia” for Christmas. We have more Pug Mugs than hands to toast with. Thus, this handsomely decorated Christmas Pug Mug needs a better home. You can see it bears a photo transfer on each side of a cute pug in a Santa cap. The photos are by the famous pet photographer – Keith Kimberlin – whose name is opposite the handle. The black top and bottom areas, which I believe represent strips of film, are decorated with strings of tiny snowflakes as the holes in the film. The red areas have feint candy-striping. Perfect for your morning coffee or an eggnog toast!

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: Excellent.
Size: 3 7/8” high, 3 5/8” in diameter.



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.



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.



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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