An antique, soft paste porcelain recumbent pug dog form snuff box all in white. This form of box was used for the storage of sweets to perfume the breath in the 18th century. This example has an oval base with silver mounts; the underside with raised floral sprig decoration. Pug dogs were imported by the Dutch East Indies Trading Company in the 18th century and became a popular pet of the upper classes in France and England. For a similar piece see: Bonhams, London, June 17, 2015, Lot 201.
Attributed to Mennecy (France, circa 1730-1806)
Louis XV (1715-74) | 18th century
Width 2.25 Depth 1.5 Height 2 inches
Note: chip to ear.