A pair Meissen ormolu-mounted pug dogs, mid 18th century
Lot 86
A pair Meissen ormolu-mounted pug dogs, mid 18th century
Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 29,246) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair Meissen ormolu-mounted pug dogs, mid 18th century
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, naturalistically modelled and painted, the female with a pup, mounted on later ormolu bases, 24cm excluding the mounts, traces of crossed swords in underglaze-blue to the side of the foot of the male pug (ears of female pug with minimal restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • For the female model of the same size see Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, pp. 194 & 269, cat.no. 1094. A similar pair of ormolu-mounted models of pugs sold in these rooms, 17 May 2006, lot 58, and a restored pair was sold in these rooms, Hasse Collection, lot 87 . Another smaller pair seated on flat porcelain bases was sold in these rooms on 7 December 2011, lot 96.

    The Mopsorden or the 'Order of the Pug' was an alternative Masonic order founded in 1740 by Clemens August of Bavaria (1700-1761), after Pope Clement XII banned Catholics from joining the Freemason order in 1738. Unlike the Freemasons, the Mopsorden allowed women to become members, on the condition that they were Catholic. The pug dog became the society's symbol, standing for loyalty, steadfastness and fidelity.

Saleroom notices

  • Please not there is some restoration to the bitch and her pup not noted in the catalogue. A full condition report is available online and by request.
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