Lot 10. A large pair of grisaille pug dogs, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 10 ½ in. (26.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The seated pugs with with alert black eyes, cropped ears and pink tongues.
Provenance: With Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London and Lisbon.
Literature: William R. Sargent, Chinese Porcelain in the Conde Collection, Madrid, 2014, p. 194.
Note: The pug breed came from China and was a favourite of Qing Empresses. Interestingly, this Chinese export model is based on Meissen versions of the then-exotic dogs from about 1740.
Christie's. The Tibor Collection: A Noble Eye for Chinese Export, New York, 10 April 2019