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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.



THE PUG CIRCUS ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Black Pug Dogs ): What joy! Don't these two Black Clown Pugs look like they are having a ball? I've handled some of Eve's single black clown pug models but this is the first more complex one I've been able to get with two pugs leaping over a large red and white ball. Also note the pug footprints all over the base. Clever! 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 base. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. Add these pugs to your collection and you won't be able to stop smiling!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Base 8 1/4” long, 4” deep, 1/2” high. Pugs 4 3/4” long. Ball 2 1/4” in diameter. Total height 4 1/2”.



RARE RUSSIAN PUG ( Antique Silver Vermeil Pug Dog Figurine ): I purchased this wonderful golden pug many years ago at the NYC Triple Pier Show. He was labeled as a “Russian Vermeil Pug” from the late 1800's. My jewelry-wise wife informed me that vermeil was Sterling Silver (925 English) coated with gold. The gold must be at least 10 KT and at least 2.5 micrometers thick – higher quality than gold plating. He is undoubtedly solid silver judging from his weight and the lack of any seams. He has red glass eyes and a buckled collar. He bears the initials “H.W” and a Double-Headed Eagle – a major element of the Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire. My guess is that you will never see this pug again so don't let him get away!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 1/8” high, 1 3/4” long, 1 1/4” wide.



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.



PUG PRISONER PRINT ( Antique Lithograph Pug Dog Print ): I was charmed by this old (1886) print that I came upon at a NYC antique show many years ago. Though named “A Prisoner of War”, I prefer to think this fearless pug is actually a “war dog” - poised to protect his master, the young general all dressed up in his father's military dress uniform along with his father's belt and sword (the tip of which rests on the floor). This print is taken from a page of a popular magazine of the time – “Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly” (1876-1904). This colored lithograph was printed by the Herman Bencke Company of New York. Such multicolored prints were quite complex to make in the 1800's. I have taken close-ups to show you the amazing detail. Look at the velvet drape in the background, the silk moiré lining of the cape and each hair on the pug's coat. Under the right hand corner it says “H. Bencke, Lith. N.Y.” The print is in a protective plastic cover shown in the last close-up photo. This would make a wonderful picture to hang in a child's (or grandchild's) room of one of you pug-loving families.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 10 3/4” high, 7 5/8” wide.



AUGUST RESCUE DOG ( Vintage Bronze Washington, D.C. Souvenir Bulldog ): As I've mentioned, I'm running low on Rescue Pugs living in boxes around our home. However I've discovered a few other breeds that require adoption. I feel badly about letting this bulldog go because he has been around since my childhood. I have always loved dogs so my mother decided we should start a dog figurine collection for me – buying one as a remembrance of each place we visited. I loved my dog collection so much that I played with them all the time – very roughly! As far as I know this solidly built Bronze Bulldog is the only one that survived. The bronze plaque on his back shows the Capitol Building and says “Capitol”, “Washington, D.C.”. He would make a nice gift for any of your bulldog loving friends.

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” long, 2 1/8” high, 1 1/2” wide.



THE PERFECT PLAYFUL PUG ( D. L. Engle Limited Series Bronze Pug Dog ): This Playful Pug is a perfect example of the skill and talent of Debbie Engle (professionally known as D. L. Engle) in capturing the movement and emotions of her famous animal bronze sculptures. She is a California award-winning sculptress, primarily of limited series, collected world wide. This wonderful pug, whirling his blanket around, is #11 in a limited series of only 25. She uses the lost wax method in transforming her clay models into bronze. This pug is on a red marble base with a felt covered bottom. It is very substantial and very heavy statue so not easily knocked over – making him a perfect decoration for your coffee or end table. He bears the Engle signature – “DL Engle” and “11/25”. You can “Google” many of the examples of Engle's skill as well as her web site: www.dlengle.com Don't you want to be one of the lucky 25 collectors who own this delightful Playful Pug?

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 7 1/4". Pug 6 1/2" high, 5 3/4" long. The base is 6" in diameter, 3/4” high.



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”.



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.



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.



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.



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.



PRAYING POOCH ( Vintage Basil Matthews Pug Dog ): I don't know how he did it, but every one of the dozens of Basil Matthews pugs I own or have handled have had slightly different expressions on their faces. If you have read my other descriptions you know I like to try to read each expression. This one looks to me like she is praying - “Dear God, please don't let daddy find that large, expensive lamp I just knocked over and broke.” How did I come up with that, you may ask? Because that is exactly what our Jade did on the morning I wrote this description. The discussion we had about it is not fit for print. But I digress. This is a darling and delicate little Basil Matthews Pug (who will never break a lamp) seated on an unusual pink flowered cushion. Most have red or blue flowers. 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. She has “Basil Matthews” on the bottom along with a felt pad to prevent scratching. For those of you with limited space for your pugs why not collect a little “herd” of Basil Matthews Pugs like that of Sylvia Sydney?

Condition: Excellent. No defects.
Size: Total height 2 5/8". Pug 2” high, 1 3/4” long. Base 2 1/8" long, 1 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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