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A Meissen figure of a Freemason, circa 1740/45.

The figure, which is 30.2cm. in height, rests his left hand on a pedestal on which there are two trowels and a set square, in a reference to the origins of freemasonry, and he carries a masonic set square around his neck. The pug at his feet refers to the Order of the Pug, a para masonic group, founded by Roman Catholics in Bavaria in about 1740, which allowed women to become members.
The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “the bed-chamber…..China over the Chimney….a free Mason.”


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