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NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ):

“Twas the night before Christmas when all through the the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

- nor a pug. You can see this Pug Pup tried to stay up to greet St. Nicholas, but she just couldn't stay awake. The big question is – was she “naughty or nice”? Will she get that toy or treat she was hoping for? Judging from our experience most pugs are sometimes naughty and sometimes nice – but so far all have still received their toy or treat. We are soft touches! Eve Pearce has created this charming scene of a darling pug pup sleeping by a Christmas Tree decorated with a large red ribbon and bow along with a number of large golden balls. What a joy! Eve molds these little masterpieces by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Her hallmark can be seen on the base behind the tree. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. A great addition to your Christmas decorations.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 5 3/4”. Pug 3 1/2” long, 1 1/4” high, 1 1/2” wide. Base 6” wide, 4” deep.



LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE ( Vintage Pug Dog Night Light ): I purchased this darling Pug Clown Night Light at an antique show many years ago. He has been in my display case, as opposed to out in the open, for fear one of our pugs or cats might choose to play with him – so he remains in excellent condition. I don't actually know when he was made, just that the pug's longer legs and muzzle and cropped ears make him look like a Victorian Pug and the silver plated light stand seems to be Art Deco inspired. The electrical parts, with a 15 watt bulb and a switch in the cord, appear newer than that and may be replacements – all work fine. Pugs have been depicted as clowns since they were chosen by French royalty to be their choice as the resident Jesters of the court in the 1600's. And they still make us laugh today – the little clowns! Just look at YouTube videos. Let this treasure Light Up Your Life!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Base 5” wide, 3 1/2” deep, 1 1/4” high. Pug 2” high, 1 3/4” long, 1” wide. Globe 3 1/2” high, 3 1/3” diameter. Total height 4 5/8”. Cord length 5 ft.



DOUBLE TROUBLE ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): As always, Basil Matthews has managed to give these two pugs their own unique facial expression. To me they look alert to see what trouble they can get into. This pair of pugs are about as close to being true sisters as I've seen – same facial decoration and expression, same body color and decoration, same pillow color and decoration, same condition and, most unusual, neither has the usual glaze finish, but rather a soft matte appearance and feel – almost like a bisque finish. The only things different are the “Basil Matthews” signatures, found on the back of each pillow. 'Tis a puzzle! 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. There is a green felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker on each. Don't miss this rare opportunity to purchase such a great pair.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height of each 2 3/4”. Pugs 2 1/8” high, 2” long. Pillows around 2 1/4” long, 1 3/4” wide.


For The Pair


PILE OF PUGS ( Retired *Harmony Kingdom* “Pug and Play” Resin Pug Treasure Jest ): Martin Perry established Antiquark, Ltd. in 1989 in the Garden Shed of his Cotswold Cottage – and later the prestigious Martin Perry Studios. Among his early creations were what he called “piles” of various creatures. This led Antiquark's master carver Peter Calvesbert to create the now famous “Harmony Kingdom Treasure Jests” in 1995 – soon to become among the world's most famous and recognizable collectibles. (I know because my wife collected their Frogs for many years.) “Pug and Play” is graced by three Pug Pups. The Version One edition of 2500, carved in 2002 by Calvesbert, had a Guy Fawkes figure on a bonfire in the box and two eyeballs on the base. This less gruesome Version Two edition of 2500 replaced the Guy Fawkes with a Snowman surrounded by paw prints and snowballs with “Dec. 12” in the box and a “Boy” magazine for the eyeballs. Among the other hidden “Secrets”, are a tiny Mouse gazing skyward in between the three Pug's heads and the word “Pug” under one of the pug's chins made to look like a little face. (see photos) Carved around the base of the lid are “Victor Mesce”, the collector who suggested this idea, “Coelacanth” to remind Peter to carve one and “Karen Maher”. I don't know who Karen is, nor what the five circular hallmarks on the base mean. It's great fun trying to find all the secrets! The famous Harmony Kingdom Crown is stamped on the bottom of the lid and the original sticker on the base. This very collectible and adorable “Pile of Pugs” is looking for a good new home.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 1/2” high, around 1 1/2” in diameter.



WHAT A STUD! (Vintage Coopercraft Porcelain Pug Dog ): Coopercraft Pugs, mostly from the 1950's, were quite common when I first started collecting pugs in the 1970's, but now are seldom seen. And I've NEVER seen another of their pugs dressed up like this handsome stud! I'm sure he was a specialty item, perhaps even one-of-a-kind. Besides the black tux and black bow tie, his tux shirt has studs and cuff links. Coopercraft Pottery was located in the Staffordshire area of England, but has long since ceased operation so even the usual fawn pugs are much harder to find. To the best of my knowledge this was the only model of pug that they made. I have included a photo of a long ago sold fawn one. Don't miss this chance to add this dressed to impress really special Stud to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5 3/4” high, 7” long, 1/2” wide.



NOVEMBER RESCUE PUG COLLARS ( Red Antique-Style Pair of Dog Collars with Bells ): Nothing recalls the Victorian Christmas spirit like Pugs dressed in red collars with large bells – just like you see on the lovely Victorian Pug porcelain figurines and in Pug Paintings of that era. Some years ago Judy and I found a pair that were perfect for our two pugs – Nala and Jade. (see photos) Since Nala has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, we felt it appropriate to offer the collars as our November Rescue item. Made of waterproof corded nylon. Very sturdy. The neck sizes can be adjusted. The ring of the large golden bells will add to the music of the Holidays.

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

Condition: Excellent. Our pugs only wore them for 3 Christmases. No signs of wear.
Size: Larger Collar – 13” to 19” long, 5/6” wide. Four Bells 3/4” in diameter. Smaller Collar – 10” to 13.5” long, 5/6”wide. Three Bells 3/4” in diameter.



AUSTRIAN TERRA COTTA TREASURE ( Antique Austrian Terra Cotta Pug Dog ): I always look at the Terra Cotta Pugs at antique shows we attend, but they are usually either too expensive or too badly damaged. Terra Cotta (baked earth) is unglazed, earth colored, hard baked clay. It is the softest material used to make antique pugs and thus the most easily chipped, cracked or just plain broken. Repairs are often obvious. That is why I was thrilled when I found this reasonable priced, charming Terra Cotta Pug in remarkably good condition. He has a somewhat humorous expression on his face with golden glass eyes. He was filthy when purchased but, after a bath, he looked quite wonderful so he remained in my personal collection for many years. He wears a burnt orange collar with a buckle in front. He is very nicely molded with Victorian style cropped ears. The great majority of these pugs were made in Austria in the latter half of the 19th Century. They are unmarked and weren’t meant to be expensive, but have become so due to their rarity – particularly in this kind of condition. A treasure for any pug collection!

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



ENGLISH VACATION TIME! ( Antique German Porcelain Cat and Pug Dog Travel Souvenir ): This was someone's precious travel souvenir, probably a memoir from their trip to England in the late 19th or early 20th Century. Most of the porcelain travel souvenirs and fairing pieces sold in England in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras were made in Germany because they made them better and less expensively. I think Mr. Pug – with his camera, blue bow, top hat and suitcase – is hugging blue-eyed Mrs. Cat – with her golden bells – goodbye. The empty suitcase and upturned top hat might well have been made to hold cigarettes and matches by our lucky travelers. (Yes, there was a day long ago when smoking was very common.) The blue flowers around Mr. Pug's feet enhance the beauty of the piece. “Happy journey”, written in gold on the front of the suitcase, indicates it was sold from an English speaking country. However, impressed in the same area is “Glücklich reise” (Happy Journey in German) plus the stamp “Made in Germany” on the bottom. I am starting to sell pugs from my personal collection and this is one such pug piece. I hope one of you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 6” high, 5” wide, 3 1/2” deep.



GERMAN GREMLIN PUG ( Antique German Porcelain Pug Dog ): This little guy looks like a “Gremlin” to me. I love the look on his face with his eyes turned to the side and the perfectly formed tiny teeth. I actually call him my New Zealand Pug because I purchased three of this model pug from a pug collector in New Zealand many years ago. I sold the other two so he is the last one from my personal collection. I have never seen this model pug before or since! He is made of Bisque Porcelain – only one final firing giving him a soft surface looking almost like a coat of hair. Since bisque porcelain has no hard glaze finished surface it leaves such pieces subject to damage, even mild scrapes. Just above his curly tail, you can see an impressed “Germany” & “2771”. I would guess he is early 20th Century. Don't miss your chance for this rare, but affordable, comical antique pug.

Condition: Very good. No chips or cracks, but some surface scrapes and rubbed off color from some areas, particularly the back of the head.
Size: 5” high, 2” wide, 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".



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”.



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.


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.



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.



POTTY TIME ( Vintage Franz Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): Who says pugs can't be trained? At least Vienna Bronze Pugs made by Franz Bergmann can be. Apparently Bergmann had a good sense of humor. Vienna Bronze artists started to “humanize” their animal figurines in the early 20th Century so this may actually be classified as an “antique” pug. This pug is not only unusual in his “activity”, but also in his size. Most Vienna Bronze pugs are 1 1/2” to 1 3/4” tall. This one is twice as big so he can be displayed in any pug collection. The vintage Vienna Bronzes were molded in small batches and have very fine detail – note how you can see each individual hair in his coat. The newer ones made since the 1990's may come from the same old molds, but are made in larger batches with much less detail. The Vintage Vienna Bronzes have a much higher value. Franz Bergmann, one of Vienna's most famed bronze artists, opened his first bronze foundry in 1860. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the pug's right hip. Don't miss out on this chance to add a rare and really funny pug to your collection!

Condition: Very good. Some loss of paint, particularly from arms, magazine & potty. No broken parts.
Size: 3 3/8” high, 1 1/2” wide, 2” deep.



HOW DO YOU DO? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug & Spitz Nodder ): This German Antique Bisque Pug & White Spitz has always been among my favorites and you may have seen it on my site in the past. But this one is extra special! It is one of the quite rare “nodders”. The Spitz is the one who nods, you can see the head removed among my photos. It has a weighted bottom allowing it to nod on a metal rod through the neck. I have one in my personal collection, but beyond that this is only the second I have ever seen. Both dogs are very nicely molded. The Pug appears to be looking up at the Spitz, probably in awe about how he can nod! They are slip cast and the soft bisque surface is obtained by only giving it one final firing. There is the number "3" marked inside the open base. I hope you take this opportunity to add this relatively rare piece, in wonderful condition, to your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. German-made with fine detailing.
Size: Pug 2 3/4” tall. Spitz 4 1/4” tall. Base 3 3/8” wide, 2” deep, 3/4” high. Total height 5”.



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.



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.


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