A magnificent pair of Meissen pug dogs on ormolu bases circa 1745

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Lot 58
A magnificent pair of Meissen pug dogs on ormolu bases circa 1745

Sold for £ 48,000 (US$ 66,399) inc. premium
A magnificent pair of Meissen pug dogs on ormolu bases
circa 1745
modelled Kändler, the bitch suckling a puppy, the dog wearing a patterned orange and red collar with a green bow applied with gilded bells, the dogs with finely painted coats and facial features, mounted on heavy gilt bronze bases specially made for these models as padded cushions on Chinese scroll feet enriched with dog chains around the rims, the dog 24.2cm high, the bitch 22.7cm excluding bases, the dog with faint crossed swords mark and impressed 44 (some restoration and losses) (4)

Footnotes

  • These were originally modelled in 1741 for the King, Augustus III of Saxony, see R Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, fig. 1094, p. 269 and p. 194. A similar but smaller pair was sold in these rooms, 20th November 2002, lot 57. The ormolu bases probably date from the early nineteenth century and are of exceptional quality.
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