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PP621

ITALIAN DRESDEN ( Vintage Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Can't afford 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 can see on these pages and in our Pug Museum only his decoration is less detailed. Why is he priced so low? Because he is an Italian Dresden – very lovely, 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. Small round black spot on tail (see photo).
Size: 7” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.

SALE!

$75.00

$35.00

PP573

PUG PROTECTION ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Girl and Pug Dog Nodder ): I own, and have handled, a few Pug and Spitz Nodders similar to this (c. late 1800's), but I have never seen this sweet little girl and her pug protector. Though not known as fierce dogs, our pugs bark ferociously out the window at anyone walking by when we are at home. The look on this pug's face says – leave my best friend alone! The molding and decoration of this little girl are fairly elaborate. She wears a light pink frock with a gold trimmed ruffled collar and darker pink bow at the neck. There are pink flowers at both sides of her bonnet. Over this she wears a fancy pinafore tied with a large white ribbon behind. It is decorated with rows of gold fringed ruffles and pink bows down the front. Her cute face has blue eyes, pink lips and blond hair. The pug has a light blue collar with two blue tassels in front. I have shown his weighted head separately with a rod through his neck to allow him to nod. He works perfectly. Antique Pug Nodders of this quality are fairly rare. They may have originally been made as “Fairing Pieces” - inexpensive prizes given out at English country fairs, but now they are very collectable. Interestingly German porcelain companies like Conta and Boehme made most of them – better and cheaper than the English ones in those days. I have never been able to determine which German company made these. This one has a blue “M” impressed on the back of the base. Don't miss out on this rare find.

Condition: Excellent. No chips or repairs.
Size: Total 4 3/4” high, 3 1/4” wide, 2 1/4” deep. Pug & Girl 4” high.

SALE!

$175.00

$40.00

PP425

BISQUE BUDDIES ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Spitz & Pug Dog ): I'm not sure why a Pug and a Spitz were commonly paired in this German-made model, but I have now seen a number of them over my pug-collecting years. Initially, I was also confused as to why sometimes the Pug was the larger of the two and sometimes the Spitz. A collector educated me. The Spitz was initially a large German dog, but in the 19th Century they were bred down to smaller sizes. And today we know the smallest of them as the Pomeranian. Interesting! These are made of bisque porcelain (no glaze giving them a softer look), but have unusually fine decoration and molding for Antique Bisque pieces. You can see the Pug is the larger in this pairing. I have the reverse model listed below. I own both in my personal collection. The Pug has a blue collar and cropped ears commonly seen in 19th Century Pugs. They are seated on a mound of ground covered with grass. They are slip cast and have the number “11” painted inside and what looks like an impressed “LI” (possibly Roman numerals).

Condition: Very good. There is a hairline crack across the Spitz's left shoulder and a small firing crack at his base. The decreased price reflects these defects.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 3 1/2” wide, 2 1/8” deep.
SALE!

$125.00

$40.00

PM029

THIS PUG MEASURES UP! ( Antique Metal Pug Dog Measuring Tape ): This perky gold colored antique metal pug, with the sparkling red glass eyes, is ready to assist you with any measuring tasks you have – in either inches or centimeters. Unlike some I have seen where the tape spring doesn't quite work just right, this tape rewinds using a tiny crank that you can see on the bottom view. The casting was amazingly good, showing fine hair all over his body. A wonderful addition to any pug – or measuring tape – collection.

Condition: Excellent. Minimal paint rubbed off his head where he was held. End of tape frayed.
Size: 2 3/8” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1” deep.

SALE!
$100.00

$40.00

PP682

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.

SALE!

$300.00

$60.00

PP581

A WINNER! ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Fairing Piece ): This is a wonderful white porcelain pug from the Edwardian era (early 1900’s). These pugs were made for prizes at English fairs and as travel souvenirs. Impressed in the back of the base is “Germany” and “3960”. Germany made many of the porcelain fairing pieces and travel souvenirs for England in the Victorian and Edwardian eras because Germany made them better and less expensively. This pug is decorated with a light blue collar and blue bows on the light yellow basket. The puppy pugs are painted gold. The mom has a hand decorated face and is seated on a burnt orange base. She is posed to display. These pugs were reproduced in the 1980’s by Fitz and Floyd – a tribute to their popularity. The “repros” are easy to differentiate from the antiques – they have darker brown baskets and the pups are white. Why don't you become this pug's winner?

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. Some of the gold paint has worn off the puppies – almost always the case with the cold painted gold on antique pugs.
Size: Pug 5” high, 4” long and 2 1/2” deep. Base 4 1/2” long, 2” wide and 1/2” high. Total height 5 1/2”.

SALE!

$175.00

SOLD!

PP139

BUTTERFLY & THE BEAST ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug Dot Match Holder ): This Victorian Pug looks like he is ready to jump out of the way when the large lovely butterfly at his feet takes off. You can tell he is a 19th Century Pug from his clipped ears, longer muzzle and longer legs. He sits on a decorated grassy base in front of a match holder basket. The woven surface serves as the striker. The pug and base are beautifully molded with great detail. The matte finish of bisque porcelain gives a soft look to the pug's coat. Bisque is more delicate than glazed porcelain, making it even more unusual for a piece such as this to be in such good condition. There are letters and numbers o the base along with an “R” in a box hallmark. (see photos) I do not know the company. I have never seen another of this pug model in all my years of collecting. He is truly rare and beautiful.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3” high, 3 1/2” wide, 3” deep.

SALE!

$150.00

SOLD!

PM121

COMPLIMENTARY PUG ( Antique Pug Paperweight ): This charming, gold painted Pug in a Barrel was made by the Lancaster Silver Plate Company of Lancaster, PA. Since it burned down in 1893 we can assume he was made at an earlier date. Few Americans of that time could afford the luxury of Sterling Silver items so Silver Plated ware was very popular. This pug, with his tail poking out of a knothole in the barrel, has “Compliments Lancaster Silver Plate Co” printed around the base. He has lovely amber colored faceted crystal eyes. I believe such eye-catching items were given to dealers to help advertise their company's wares. This charmer could be set on a counter for customers to admire or be used by the boss as a paperweight. In any case, he will make a rare and eye-catching pug for your collection!

Condition: Very good. A significant amount of the gold paint has rubbed off, but what can you expect for a 125 year old pug?
Size: 3 1/2” high, barrel roughly 1 1/2” in diameter, base 2 1/4” in diameter.

SALE!

$90.00

$40.00

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.

SALE!

$390.00

$125.00

PM034

JUST SHAKE ME! ( Antique Silver Plated Pug Salt Shaker ): This handsome pug comes from my personal collection. I have seen a number of pug salt shakers over my many years of collecting, but this is the only one I have seen of this particular model. He was probably made by an American Silver Plate Company in the early 1900's. Many Americans couldn't afford expensive Sterling Silver items so American companies were quick to fill the need with much less expensive Silver Plate. This pug is a great example with nicely molded features including a coat suggesting hair, realistic eyes, a buckled collar and a fine curled tail. His head easily screws off. Add this rare find to your pug collection.

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

SALE!

$100.00

SOLD!

PB070

BIKER PUG ( Vintage Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This little Pug Biker (c. 1990's) looks pretty cocky sitting high on his motorcycle – despite the fact that the bike is balanced by its kick stand and his feet don't quite reach the petal controls. I like his attitude! He's probably looking for a Pug Biker Babe to occupy that seat behind his. It's a pretty fancy bike with the motor between the petals and wheels that turn. This was made by the F. Bermann Bronze Works of Vienna, producing Vienna Bronzes since 1850. Their gold hallmark is on the bottom of the motor (“F.B.” over a “W”). Take a ride with this cutie!

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

SOLD!

PP184

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.

SALE!

$250.00

SOLD!

PB141

THE MACHO PUG & THE PEEPING CAT ( Vintage Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug & Cat Figurines): Our pug is showering off after an afternoon dip in the sea and showing off his powerful physique, while the naughty Peeping Tom Cat is looking at our hero in the buff through a knot hole in the shower stall wall. SHAME! Made by the F. Bermann Bronze Works of Vienna, trademark on bottom (“F.B.” over a “W”), producing since 1850. I first saw this pug in a shop window in New York and just couldn't resist the purchase. It makes me laugh out loud!

Condition: Excellent.
Pug 1 1/2” tall, Cat 1 5/8” tall, total height 3 1/4”, width 2 3/4”, depth 1 3/8”.

SALE!

SOLD!

PP104

LARGE MEISSEN MOPS: ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): Meissen Porcelain Pugs have the most lovely expression on their faces and their faces have the most lovely decoration. They have the soft, expressive brown eyes with large black pupils that we see in our own pugs today and the finest depiction of their facial hair and “beauty marks”. The eyes are molded as well as colored. You can tell the Meissen artists who made the “Mops” molds dating back to the 1700’s and the Meissen porcelain artists who have decorated these pugs over the years have had a special fondness for their subjects, favorites of European royalty. You can also see why they remain the most valued and most valuable of porcelain pugs. This large Meissen Male Pug has the longer legs and muzzle, and cropped ears typical of pre-Victorian pugs. His coat has a faint fawn tinge and the hairs of his coat can be seen in his glaze – neither of which I am able to capture in my photos. He wears a blue collar with five golden bells. He has the famous Meissen crossed swords trademark of a type used since 1934. Embossed in his base is the model number “311” and molder’s number “106Y”. The three number model means he was made before 1974 when Meissen changed to five number models. Since he is relatively old for the Meissen Pugs I sell, I checked him with a black light and there are no repairs or defects. It is very difficult to come by the larger of the Meissen Pugs. Don't pass up this opportunity!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 7” high, 7 1/2” long 4” wide.

SALE!

$1500.00

SOLD!

PP720

MATTHEWS MALE PUG ( Vintage Basil Matthews Male Porcelain 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 quite rare. I have seen around six in all my years of collecting – and purchased every one of them. Matthews made two types of males – a larger, heavily carved realistic looking one with a very light glaze and a smaller highly glazed one with the familiar comical face. This is one of the smaller glazed ones. 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 fellow has the “Basil Matthews” signature on his belly though part of it is covered by a faded Basil Matthews sticker. This is the first male I have seen with a sticker. It is hard to read but what it says around the central “Basil Matthews” is “An Original Sculpture” and “Made in England”. A rare and wonderful addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. The usual crazing of the glaze. 
Size: 2 3/8” high, 2 1/2” long, 1” wide.

SOLD!

PP700

PRAYERFUL MEISSEN PUG ( Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): Meissen pugs, though beautifully molded and decorated, are not known for their personality. This medium sized fellow is an exception. He has a very expressive face. He is looking up at his master or mistress and either praying for a treat or praying that he is not going to get in trouble for the table lamp he knocked over. (A true story.) The German Meissen Porcelain Company was the first European company to develop the method for making hard paste porcelain (1710). You can see in our photos the delicate feathering of the facial hair and the ever present “beauty mark' on his cheeks. He wears the classic light blue colored collar bearing five gold bells. The dark photo of his flank shows the fine coat of hair that Meissen incorporates into the glaze. On his base you can see the iconic Crossed Swords hallmark along with the model number “78519”. The red “542” is the artist who decorated him. The “74” indicates the artist who made the figurine. It is followed by a combined “HB” which shows the date it was made. My list only goes to 2003 so it was some year between then and 2013 when I purchased him from a Meissen dealer. Pug figurines were an early favorite of the Saxony upper class. Though almost all the Meissen Pugs you see today were “thrown” in the late 20th or early 21st Century, the molds they were made from date back to the 1700's and 1800's. That, along with their quality, is what makes them among the most prized porcelain pugs. That history shows that our favorite breed has been popular and has changed little over the last 300 years.

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

SOLD!
 

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