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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

PP732

DRESDEN MOM & PUP PUGS ( Rudolph Kämmer Antique Style Black Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful Black Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog mother and suckling puppy were 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. Black pugs were quite rare in the 19th Century so true black antique pug figurines are very rare. This antique-style Black Pug helps fill that void.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 8" high, 8" long - tail to foreleg, 4 3/4" deep. Seven bells 5/8” in diameter.

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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

PP736

YOUNG GERMAN PRINCE ( Rudolph Kämmer Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Antique Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): I love the large Kämmer Pugs with the lovely golden bells, but I know not everyone can afford them or already have them in their pug collection. Recently I stumbled across a small, more affordable Kämmer Pug seated on a lovely blue striped cushion decorated with gold cord and tassels. Like the large version, he is of the antique style with clipped ears but a body shaped more like our pugs of today. He has a gold trimmed dark blue collar with six golden bells. The Rudolph Kämmer Porcelain Factory of the Thuringia region of Germany has been famous for its high quality hard paste porcelain since 1862. You can see the Kämmer crown over “K” hallmark on the base along with a faintly impressed “2174” beneath it. Don't miss this bargain beauty!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 2 3/4”. Pug 2” high. Cushion 1 3/4” by 1 3/4”.

SOLD!

PR079

JUNE RESCUE PUG ( Vintage Resin Pug Dog on Stone Geode ): This resin molded pug reclines on a very lovely slice of a geode. If you look at a light through the bottom you can see crystals in the center. Impressed on the rear of the pug are “© 1990” and “LS Inc”. He is one of the Rescue Pugs that I post each month. My personal collection long ago outgrew my display cases, book case crannies, etc. Because I continue to collect pugs, many of the poor things now live in boxes and I want to find better homes for them. I think you will find the price of “adopting” these pugs very attractive.

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: Pug 2 1/2” long, 1 1/2” high, 1 1/4” wide. Geode base 3 3/8” long, 2” wide.

SOLD!

PB116

BRIGHT EYES ( Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This Vienna Bronze Pug is larger than most you will see with more expression on his face. With his ears up, tip of tongue out and bright eyes looking up at you, he is obviously very eager for something. In fact this is the exact same pose our Jade takes when waiting patiently to be fed. He looks very handsome in his red collar with gold buckle. These larger, more realistic, Vienna Bronze Pugs are taken mainly from 19th Century molds. This one was actually made sometime within the last 20 years by the Fritz Bermann Company founded in 1850. You can see their gold “FB” over “W” (Wein for Vienna) hallmark located on the pug's bottom. A lovely addition for those of you who may have a limited display area for your pugs.

Condition: Excellent. No loss of paint.
Size: 2 1/4” high, 1 3/8” long, 7/8” wide.

SOLD!

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.

$750.00

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

PP665

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.

$170.00

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

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
 

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