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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.



SHOW OFF ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Black Pug Dog ): The parents of this Black Eve Pearce Pug have to be very proud of their little clown, sitting so obediently on the drum head. Probably next she will pick up the red and white ball at her foot and start juggling it! Black pugs are very hard to find, yet in high demand. The Blacks have never been so popular. I'm excited about the few Black Clown Pugs Eve has made. This one is a real beauty! You can see how the the red drum decorated in gold and the clown ruffles with red, black and gold stripes really contrast beautifully with the black of the pug. I need to tell you that the red on the drum is a much darker red than it appears in my photos – more of a magenta. The red of the ruffle and ball are as they appear. Eve molds her 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 of the drum head. Add the “Show Off” to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pug – 3 3/4” high, 2 3/4” deep, 2 1/4” wide. Drum 1 1/8” high, 3 1/4” in diameter.



FAWN * KENNETH JAY LANE * RHINESTONE PUG BROOCH ( Vintage Pug Dog Jewelry ): Your pug loving friends will look at you with envy when they see you wearing this stunning Pug Brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane. A retired design and difficult to find, Lane created this pug as a tribute to the Duchess of Windsor. A long-time friend of Lane, she was famous for her love of pugs and often traveled with as many as 5 (and the Duke) to keep her company. You can see a copy of the letter Lane wrote about this pug and the Duchess on one of the inner photos. This signed brooch is set with foil-backed rhinestones and a faux cream pearl body. A “fawn pug”. Black enamel eyes and collar with a tiny pearl drop give this pug such a stylish look. The dimensional work on the face is unbelievable and difficult to capture in a photo. (I have shown a side view to help you visualize it.) There is a safety clasp on the heavy silver backing. Absolutely the “crème de la crème” of Pug Brooches.

Condition: Excellent
.Size: 2 1/4” high, 1 1/2” wide. The face is almost 1/2” deep.



PICNIC TIME ( Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This Austrian fellow is off to pick up his girl for a picnic in a mountain meadow. He carries a very nice wicker basket filled with a loaf of bread, a large sausage and a bottle of wine. And what could be better than that! This is a late 20th Century Vienna Bronze pug – thus the lower price than that for the true vintage ones. The casting of the newer pieces is not as detailed as the older ones, but they are still very charming – and much more affordable. This pug was made by the Fritz Bermann foundry of Vienna – established in 1850. You can see the hallmark on his rear end – a gold circle with “FB” surrounded by a “W” for Wein (Vienna). Add this romantic fellow to your collection.

Condition: Excellent. Very mild paint wear.
Size: 1 1/2” high, 1 3/8” wide, 7/8” deep.



PRECIOUS PUG PURSE ( Needlepoint Pug Dog Purse / Makeup Case ): Though not large enough to hold your precious pug, this hand held purse can carry a lady's necessities for an evening out. This pug has reclined in my small pug display cabinet for many years but has never been used so it is like new. It even still has its original tag indicating it is hand done needlepoint. One side says “Claws Collection” and the other “Handcrafted Needlepoint by Union Trading Company, The finest workmanship and design for people who appreciate needlepoint. Style NC121”. The back is made of faux suede material and there is a linen lining. The zipper closure works perfectly. This purse would also make a lovely gift for a little girl who loves her pug.

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



MARCH RESCUE DOG ( Hand Carved Wood Bulldog ): Most of you who collect pugs have learned that your well-meaning friends consider all dog figurines with a “pug” nose are pugs. Probably the most common non-pug figurines we receive as gifts are bulldogs. This is a charming hand carved wooden bulldog that has lived with us for some time, but is now seeking a new home. He is not signed or hallmarked. He probably came from some arts and crafts show. You can judge his size from the photo I have of taken of him trying to drink out of my soda can. Kids would love to play with him and he is very sturdy. I hope one of you will adopt him and make him part of your family.

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



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".



EVE PEARCE'S MEISSEN MALE ( Eve Pearce Meissen Reproduction Porcelain Pug Dog ): Probably Eve's version of this famous Antique Meissen Pug model of the large seated male might better be called a comic parody rather than reproduction. She adds her own special Pearce Pug cute characteristics, such as the tail that reminds me of the old Dairy Queen ice cream cones of my youth. He is wearing the famous Meissen blue collar with 8 golden bells. Eve molds her 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 along with felt pads to prevent scratching. You can see with the soda can comparison photo that this is one of Eve's largest pugs. He is made to go with his Pearce Meissen Mom & Pup mate (PP684B) and there is a discount for buying both, but they may be purchased separately. What a handsome dude – and he knows it!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5 1/2” high, 6” long, 3 1/2” wide.


PP690 A & B

PRECIOUS PAIR ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dogs ): One seldom finds any of Matthews’ Pugs in their original pairs. This pair certainly looks like they were made as a pair – appearance of blue bachelor button flowers on bases, color on pug's backs, color of decorations of eyes and heads. The only thing that make me suspicious they aren't a true pair is the difference in the appearance of the “Basil Matthews” signatures on the bases. What they all have in common is their own special comical face. His pugs are hand modeled and hand decorated, so no two are exactly the same. They all have a touch of whimsy that makes you smile. Matthews started producing his little fanciful figures in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in 1946, continuing up to his passing in 1985. Both of these pugs are missing the usual felt pad on the bottom. I usually replace them myself, but did not on these because they both have their original Basil Matthews stickers on the bottoms and I did not want to chance damaging them. These precious Matthews Pugs are becoming harder to find and even more valuable. No pug collection is complete without one – or a pair!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Pugs – 2" high, 1 3/4” long. Total height 2 3/4”. Pillows roughly 2" long, 1 5/8" deep.



TAKING A BREAK ( Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): This is a charming pose that our pug, Jade, commonly takes when she takes a break from romping with our new kitten. I particularly like this Meissen model because it is unusual among figurines. I can't remember seeing any other pugs thus posed. Also notice the delicately molded and positioned front paws. Though I can't be sure, I would guess this pug is among those originally made by Meissen in the 1700's. That is when many of the pugs in other than the common sitting and standing positions were first molded. A feature I love on all Meissen Pugs is their “beauty marks”. It draws the historical tie between our own pugs and those of centuries ago. This pug has the classic light blue Meissen collar with four golden bells. Though it looks white, it is actually a very light fawn color. It has the five digit model number “78609” impressed in the base indicating it was made from its antique mold sometime since 1974 when Meissen switched from three to five. The red “65” is probably the artist's number and the famous Meissen blue crossed swords hallmark in on top of the model number. A marvelous and relatively rare addition for your collection.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 3 3/8" long, 1 5/8” wide, 1 3/8” high.



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.



PUG BEAUTY ( Antique Porcelain Match Holder Pug Dog ): Who says Pugs aren’t beautiful? This is a lovely and relatively rare Porcelain Pug Dog Maiden carrying a wicker basket on her back. The basket is attached to her by a beautiful blue ribbon with a big bow in the front. She is actually a match holder with the back of the basket being the striking surface. However she can be used to hold anything from pins to flowers – or just for display along with the rest of your pug collection. She is very nicely modeled and hand painted. I would guess that she is Victorian. What a sweet expression on her face! A previous loving owner has placed felt pads on the bottom of her feet. She has an “H” in the glaze on her bottom.

Condition: Excellent. She is in the best condition of any of her type I have seen. I have shown the inside of her basket to show that there are no cracks even in there.
Size: 4” high, 4” long, 2” wide.



PRINCE PUG ( Antique Conta & Boehme Porcelain Pug Dog ): Look at the way this pug stands so proudly. He is obviously pug royalty with his blue and gold striped collar bearing 5 large bells and a large bow. Conta & Boehme was a well known German Porcelain Company during the latter half of the 19th Century - best known for their “fairing” pieces given out as prizes at English country fairs. They also made a large number of pugs which were relatively inexpensive when made – not of the quality of the more famous Meissen & Dresden Pugs. It is for this reason most are not hallmarked. Their size varies from around 2” high up to 8” or 9” high. This is one of their larger than average sized pugs having more detail in the molding. The standing pugs are much more rare than the sitting pugs. Don't let this Prince of a Pug get away!

Condition: Very good. There are superficial scratches on the muzzle, head and tail and three professionally repaired bells, two of which can only be detected by use of the black light. Some of the gold is worn off the bells – almost always the case in antique pugs. The scratches and gold loss do not lower the value, but the price does reflect the repaired bells.
Size: 6 1/4” high, 8 1/2” long, 3 1/2” 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.



NOT ME! ( Antique “Cat-Faced” Porcelain Pug Dog ): Every pug's expression brings a different thought to my mind. I picture this wide-eyed pug sitting near a wet spot on a good carpet and asking: “How could you ever think I did that? I'm such a good pug.” Yea, right! They all look innocent, but we know better. This cat-faced pug is larger than most I have handled (see soda can prop photo) and rather than white, he has a warm fawn-colored coat. He sports a handsome blue collar with six golden bells on it. He could be your first or one of many of this distinctively decorated type of Antique Pug.

Condition: Excellent. The usual loss of much of gold paint from bells. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 7” high, 6” long, 3 3/4” wide.



A REAL STAFFORDSHIRE PUG PAIR ( Victorian Staffordshire Pug Dog Pair ): I’ve seen dozens of these standing Staffs during my 35 years of collecting, but rarely have a seen an actual pair. I found this pair at the Miami Beach Show a couple of years ago and couldn’t pass it up. Finding a true pair is special. In Clive Mason Pope’s book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs”, he pictures only 3 types of pugs – the large gray ones with the glass eyes, this one (c 1890, page 144 – see photos) and the white sitting ones. Staffordshire Pugs have not been among my favorites. The reason I didn’t appreciate Staffordshire dogs was because of the thousands of King Charles Spaniels one sees – which the family shops in Staffordshire started making in 1837 because of the fame of Queen Victoria’s “Dash”. I learned the Staffordshire Pugs were made in small shops in Staffordshire, starting in the latter half of the 1800’s and often decorated by children. Thus, they are much cruder than the famous German porcelain pugs. They weren’t made for the export market, 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.

Condition: Excellent for age. Both pugs have a few flecks of black paint in the glaze and some paint rubbed off their muzzles and the small locks on their collars. The pug on the left has two very small firing cracks behind both front legs and what looks like a small superficial chip of the left front paw, but examination by a black light shows it is just paint rubbed off. There is a very small true chip in his tail. The pug on the right has a patch of bubbles in the glaze of her belly. (All shown in photos.) Except for the chip, the other findings are very common in Staffordshires.

Size: Pug on left 5 1/2” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 3/4" wide. Pug on right 5 5/8” high, 5 3/4" long, 2 3/4" wide.


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