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PM046

LIFE-SIZED HANDSOME PUG ( Faux Antique Austrian Terracotta Pug Dog ): Have you ever seen the large antique terra cotta pugs at “high end” antique shows that cost a small fortune even though they almost all have multiple defects? The high cost is because they are made of Terracotta (baked earth) which is soft, accounting for the defects, and not many have lasted. Some clever person in the 20th Century came up with the idea of making reproductions of the live-sized 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pugs that look amazingly like the originals, but are actually made of fiberglass. They are remarkably good reproductions even down to the appearance of scrapes in the pug's coat. You will love the expressive appearance of his large glass eyes. Since these are such great reproductions of the classic Austrian pugs, they have become very collectible and relatively rare. I was not able to find any on my Google search. He goes very well with his matching standing buddy PM047. This is a rare chance to obtain a great antique appearing Pug for a reasonable price.

Condition: Excellent. He has felt pads covering all bottom surfaces to prevent scratches.
Size: 15” high, 12” long, 8 1/2” deep.

SOLD!

PM047

LIFE-SIZED PUG COMPANION ( Faux Antique Austrian Terracotta Pug Dog ): Have you ever seen the large antique terra cotta pugs at “high end” antique shows that cost a small fortune even though they almost all have multiple defects? The high cost is because they are made of Terracotta (baked earth) which is soft, accounting for the defects, and not many have lasted. Some clever person in the 20th Century came up with the idea of making reproductions of the live-sized 19th Century Austrian Terracotta Pugs that look amazingly like the originals, but are actually made of fiberglass. They are remarkably good reproductions even down to the appearance of scrapes in the pug's coat. You will love the expressive appearance of his large glass eyes. Since these are such great reproductions of the classic Austrian pugs, they have become very collectible and relatively rare. I was not able to find any on my Google search. He goes very well with his matching seated buddy PM046. He is less expensive because he has a real 20th Century defect. His tail was broken and has been decently repaired. This is a rare chance to obtain a great antique appearing Pug for a very reasonable price.

Condition: Good. Has repair of tail (see photo). He has felt pads covering the bottom of his feet to prevent scratches.
Size: 15” high, 15 1/2” long, 7 1/2” deep. Posed to display.

SOLD!

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

PP717

CAN I EAT YET? ( Eve Pearce Black Porcelain Pug Dog ): Well, Happy Birthday to this young Pug Pup! She is well trained. She seems to be looking up at her pug parent, like our Jade does when we feed her, pleading to hear “now” so she can dig into that luscious looking birthday cake with the cherries on top. I think she's afraid that the yellow butterfly is going to take a bite first. This is another example of Eve Pearce's skill in catching her pugs in a familiar, and often comical, pose. Please note the fine tufts of grass and pink topped mushrooms decorating the base. Eve molds her 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 base just behind the pug. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching.

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

$350.00

PB045

BUDDIES ( Vintage Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This is a darling Vienna Bronze Pug & a Dachshund huddled together under a large red umbrella with a little mouse peeking at them over the top. (c. early 1990's) 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. The post-WWII ones are made in larger batches with less detail and painted with acrylic paint. They are just as charming but less expensive than those made pre-WWII. You can see the Bermann hallmark on the bottom of the Pug - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. A darling addition to any collection.

Condition: Excellent. No loss of paint nor any defects.
Size: 2” wide, 1 1/4” high, 1 1/4” deep. Pug 7/8” long, Dachshund 1 1/8” long including tail.

$100.00

PR005

FEBRUARY RESCUE PUG ( Vintage Resin LivingStone Pug Dog ): This is one the Rescue Pugs that I post each month. He is a handsome resin LivingStone Pug sculpted in 1989. I had put the ribbons around his neck long ago to dress him up so I just left them there. 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: 10” long, 5” high, 2 1/2” wide.

$10.00

PP679
MAGNIFICENT MOMMY MOPS ( Antique Hallmarked Conte & Boehme German Porcelain Pug Dog ): Conte & Boehme Pugs, not unlike Pugs themselves, are an acquired taste. Most pug owners have been told “She’s so ugly she’s cute”. That phrase may fit these C & B pugs dating from the late 1800’s. They become lovely in our eyes. This is especially true for the larger C & B Pugs over around 5” tall. They have much more detail in their morphology. What is frustrating in my search for such pugs at the various shows we go to or the direct offers I get to purchase pugs, is that the majority have flaws, some significant like leg or tail repairs, some not like fine scratches, small firing cracks or professional bell re-attachments. Some I am not able to detect until I can examine them with my black light. This large C & B Pug, purchased from a private collection, was a delightful exception. This lovely lady sports a collar decorated with 2 blue stripes and a central gold stripe, along with 5 large bells and a large bow. She has the added bonus of having the impressed C & B Hallmark of an Arm bearing a Short Sword within a Shield on her left front paw. The German Conte & Boehme Porcelain Company did not make the high quality, perfectly molded pugs like those produced by Meissen, Dresden & Nymphenburg. Their figurines of all types were made for the common folk and were relatively inexpensive so most were not hallmarked and many imperfect. These C & B Pugs were made in the latter part of the 1800’s, with the large models much less common than the smaller 3" to 5" pugs. The presence of the C & B Hallmark increases her value, so I’m sure she will become a prized possession for some lucky collector.

Condition: Excellent. Examined with black light. No repairs or repainting. Minor firing crack by left haunch (see photo). The usual loss of much of the gold paint from the bells & collar. (It is cold painted after firing so it rubs off easily.)
Size: 6 1/4” high, 7” long, 4” wide.

$725.00

PP580

FEED ME! ( Nymphenburg Antique Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): I guess pugs haven't changed muchThis charming “Blanc de Chin” male pug looks just like our Jade when she pleads with me to feed her.When fine hard paste porcelain was first developed in Europe in the 1700’s it was sometimes called “White Gold” because it was literally worth it weight in gold. Though this pug was made in the 20th Century, he was crafted in the age old painstaking method from the original antique molds. I have a Nymphenburg Catalogue which details how they put together a dog such as this with such slender, delicate legs. Multiple molds are used for part of the pug. The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, located in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, has been creating their porcelain masterpieces since the mid-eighteenth century. In my 35 years of pug collecting I have seen very few Nymphenburg Pugs for sale. (This one came from a private collection.) My catalogue, from 12 years ago, has 3 pugs in it – one antique & two modern. The prices are unbelievable! This pug is a good example of how our modern pugs have changed. Note the long delicate legs, the smaller head and the longer muzzle. In recognition of its noble pedigree this figurine carries the impressed Nymphenburg hallmark of the Royal Bavarian Coat of Arms along with a printed version with “Nymphenburg” below it. Also there are the impressed numbers “665” & “16”. Don't miss out on this treasure!

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

SOLD!

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.

$150.00

PP722

SNAPPY PUG ( Antique Majolica Pug Dog Smoking Set ): This snappy dresser, with his coral cocked hat and coral collar with hanging lock, is ahead of his time. Most smokers go outside to smoke these days. This old pug (late 19th Century) is out in his back yard with his fenced in cigar or cigarette holder, match-holder with scratch pad and ash tray surrounded by grass and flowers. Victorian Majolica is earthenware molded pottery with colorful lead glazes giving them very bright colors. I love to visit the Majolica booths at antique shows – so bright and cheerful. This smoking set has “6505” and what looks like “12” impressed in the base. Why, you might ask, is this rare and delightful antique pug so inexpensive? It is not because of the fairly common fine cracks seen at the back of the cigarette holder, but rather due to the extensive repair of the right side and much of the back of the base. (see photos) Despite that, this colorful pug display looks fine from the front and makes a great affordable nice sized Snappy Antique Pug for any collection.

Condition: Fair. Fine cracks in back of cigarette holder and repair of base.
Size: 5 1/5” high, 6 3/4” wide, 4 3/4” deep. Pug 4 1/2” high, 3” long, 2” wide.

$125.00

PM116

PERKY PUG ( Antique Silver Plate Pug Dog ): James W. Tufts opened his Silver-Plate Company in Boston in 1875 to provide fine tableware for middle and lower class people who could not afford Sterling Silver. He produced mainly high-quality quadruple plate items meaning the electroplating contained four times the amount of pure silver than standard plate. He also produced elaborate silver soda fountains and founded Arctic Soda Fountain which later became the American Soda Fountain Company. I don't know what this perky quadruple silver plated pug was initially a part of. You can see a piece of metal on the top of the back end of the base which I assume fastened him to something larger. I'd like to think it was a pug decorated soda fountain! On the bottom is stamped the Tufts star hallmark surrounded by “James W Tufts, Boston” and “Warranted Quadruple Plate”, plus the model number “1543”. (As a little trivia – Tufts also founded Pinehurst, N.C., - the famous golf resort town.) Make this old perky fellow yours

Condition: Good. Was one part of a larger item.
Size: Base 3 3/4” long, 1 3/8” wide, 1/4” high. Pug 2 1/8” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide. Total height 1 3/4”.

$70.00

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

PP390

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. 

$100.00

PP294

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.

$650.00

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

PM114

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”.

$180.00

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.

$700.00

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

PB020

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.

$475.00
 

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