A PAIR OF BOW FIGURES OF PUGS CIRCA 1750
THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A PAIR OF BOW FIGURES OF PUGS
naturalistically modeled and painted with brown fur, with iron-red collars, each recumbent on a cushion picked out in green with incised decoration around the edge
widths 4⅞ and 4½ in.
12.5 and 11.5 cm
Both are in good appearance, with very minor wear to enamels. The example with head touching its hind leg has been sprayed. It is difficult to determine true extent of damage. When reviewing the 1998 sale catalogue illustration there appears to have been old restoration to the right side of the pug's head and a hairline crack to its hind leg. The reverse edge of the cushion with kiln speckling.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
A similarly enameled pair of these rare models is in the Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acc. nos. 64.1016 and 1017. A further pair left in the white is in the National Museum of Scotland, acc. nos. A.1956.1207 and 1207A.