Pair of Pug Dogs C1754

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Pearlware Figurine

Pair of Pug Dogs

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In the white. Each recumbent on an integrated base moulded as a cushion with ‘embroidered’ edge and tasselled corners; the bitch with head raised, the dog sleeping with head turned, each with a wide collar. Porcelain of deep cream colour and even glaze. Open bases, glazed internally.  Straw translucency. H. 5.3 in (13.4 cm).

Provenance: with Stockspring Antiques, London, 1999.
Condition: Excellent.  Restoration to fron right tassle on left pug. 

The Bow pugs derive from the Meissen reflecting the popularity of the Moporden, (the Order of the Pug), as a symbol of the aristocratic secret society following the papal order of excommunication of Freemasons in 1736. Other examples: (i) Pair, V&A, Gift, Lady Charlotte Schreiber, 414:147/A-1885, as circa 1750; both with the planetry sign for mercury incised. (ii) Dog, Glaisher Collection, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (#3030-1928), as circa 1750-1755 with applied flower to collar; on cushion with tassels on front corners only. Incised arrow and amulet mark. 

Additional Information

Item# 4801
Manufacturer Bow Porcelain Factory
Year C1754
Height 5.3"
Width No
Diameter No
Shape Number No

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ABN 99 681 857 622