Meissen Porcelain Pug Dogs, ca. 1880
I found these in Dallas at an estate sale in about 2001. I suspected they were Meissen, but I wasn't 100% sure. I paid about $500 for them.
You are correct in your assumption that these are Meissen, and their quality is absolutely Meissen quality. They do have "Meissen," what we call a cross-swords mark, on the base. These would date to about 1880. Now, the one that I'm holding here I'm particularly interested in more so than the one on the left because of the puppy. It's a very rare model. Now, the market for Meissen has taken a step back, as with so many categories, but I think the pug market hasn't, because dog people are almost as crazy as cat people.
Yes, we're desperately looking for pug items and willing to pay a good price for them.
At auction, I would expect these to sell in the range of $3,000 to $5,000.
Which for your $500 investment is good.
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