Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs
Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs
Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs

Porcelain Chinese Pug Dogs

  • This charming pair of porcelain pugs was crafted during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor
  • Boasting a delicate famille rose palette, the figures perfectly capture the personality of the pug
  • The endearing canines are a remarkable example of masterful Qianlong-period artistry
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Item No. 30-5008
$38,500
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This wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain pugs was crafted during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century. Painted in the highly desirable famille rose palette, these exceptional figures were created to satisfy the European fascination with the exotic canine. First bred for the ruling families in China, pugs became popular in the European courts beginning in the 16th century, belonging to royals such as King William III, Empress Joséphine, and Queen Victoria. The pugs here, with their thin tongues, alert expressions, and belled collars, are charming renditions of this celebrated breed.

The Qianlong period of porcelain creation was the most active, and, by many standards, the most brilliant. Emperor Hung-Li was a major patron of the arts and a prolific collector of porcelain. He maintained strict control over the design and production of the wares produced by the kilns and, under his reign, the art form flourished to unparalleled heights. By this time, Chinese porcelain had also become a standard throughout Europe, and unprecedented amounts of porcelain, from dinnerware to decorative pieces, was exported around the world. The fashionable chinoiserie style featured typical Chinese motifs that were popular amongst Western consumers, including floral patterns, dragons and koi fish. Those pieces that took the form of animals, such as the present pair, were among the most highly coveted.

Mid-18th century

10" high x 4" wide x 7 1/2" deep
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:China
Width:4 Inches
Height:10 Inches
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