A pair of Meissen pug dogs, circa 1745.

Each is seated on a flower encrusted mound, the female, with suckling pup, her head turned to the right, with fur picked out in grey and wearing a puce collar tied at the back with a large bow decorated with gilt scrollwork and three applied gilt bells. The male, with similar decoration, wears a plain gilt-edged puce collar. The mark of crossed swords in underglaze blue appears on the edge of the base, 15.7cm.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records:  “the Japan closet…two pug dogs…Dresden”

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records:  “Blue Drawing room…a pair of Dresden china pug dogs.”


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