A treasure trove for dog-lovers and porcelain enthusiasts alike, this book celebrates a collection of more than 100 porcelain pugs, most of which were designed in the mid-eighteenth century by Johann Joachim Kändler, the eminent modeller in the Meissen porcelain factory in Germany.
Stunning new photography of the objects is accompanied by essays that place the figures in their historical and artistic context. Pugs were introduced to Europe in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century, and quickly gained popularity among the European aristocracy thanks to the animals’ even temperament and sociability.
In 1740, a secret society called the Order of the Pug was established as an offshoot of the Freemasons; the pug was selected to represent the society due to its reputation for reliability, trust, and steadfastness. Also featured here is a survey of pug imagery in contemporary European decorative arts, including on snuffboxes, flasks, and cane handles.
Claire Dumortier is erecurator van de keramiekverzameling van het Koninklijk Museum voor Kunst en Geschiedenis van Brussel. Patrick Habets is emeritus hoogleraar van de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.