Snuffbox Pug, Coloured, without gold, Limited Masterpieces, H 6 cm
Snuffbox Pug, Coloured, without gold, Limited Masterpieces, H 6 cm
  • Snuffbox Pug, Coloured, without gold, Limited Masterpieces, H 6 cm
  • Snuffbox Pug, Coloured, without gold, Limited Masterpieces, H 6 cm

Snuffbox Pug, Coloured, without gold, Limited Masterpieces, H 6 cm

The pug dog is more than simply a merry companion. From the mid-1730s at the very latest, it was seen to symbolise loyalty, dependability and steadfastness. That was certainly the belief held by those who joined a masonic lodge despite the threat of excommunication by Pope Clement XII. Frederick Count Rutowski, an illegitimate son of Augustus the Strong, set up a Masonic association called "To the three white eagles" at the City Palace in Dresden in 1738. Two years later, the Archbishop of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria (1700-1761), inaugurated the "Order of the Pug". Catholic women were also admitted. The customs of the lodge accorded with the gallantry of the Rococo and, as a result, soon caught on at royal courts and universities. Adherents called themselves pugs and wore pug medallions around their necks. The advent of the Order also led to a veritable glut of decorative motifs depicting pugs. MEISSEN came up with no end of pug figurines under the direction of Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775), as well as diverse boxes surmounted by figures of pugs. The Order was banned in 1748 and fell into oblivion. Its symbol has lived on in many forms, however, and can still win over our hearts today. As the German comic Loriot so tellingly put it: "A life without pugs is conceivable but would be quite pointless."

SKU: 900184-52M30-1
Weight: 150 g
Limited to 25 pieces.

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