Needle Felted "Puglett"
This beautiful hand crafted needle felted Pug stands 12cm at the shoulders and 20cm nose to tail.
It has been hand felted with sheep's wool around a wire frame, and has bead eyes, and a felted nose and is lightly posable. Particular attention has been paid to detailed colouring and blending of wool, creating a very life-like dog. Puglett is also anatomically correct and depicts a pug of older years. He needs a good retirement home!
As I am completely self taught, I have developed my own techniques to sculpt special realistic look I want.
These dogs take many hours of needle felting and are a special one-of-a-kind, never to be exactly reproduced, hence the starting price.
By special invitation one of my German Shepherds was shown at Crufts this year, something I was really pleased about. A link to view him is below.
A dog of very similar description to a Pug was known in 400BC China and were revered by Tibetan Monks and it is believed that today's Pugs are from this lineage, and according to the London Zoological society, the Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world. During those ancient times Pugs were only owned and bred by emperors, and illegal ownership was punishable by death! These ancient Pugs lived like Emperors themselves, commanding the highest respect, with their own living quarters, servants, guards and the best food. It is written that Emperor Ling (168-190AD) was so enamoured with these little dogs, that he bestowed upon them the same rank as his wives! .......Not sure I would want to be displaced by a Pug.
Pugs then entered Europe via the Dutch who had started trade with China, where they became popular companions for the upper classes and nobility.
They have also made their mark in more recent history when William the Silent invaded England and was saved by his loyal Pug one night, who thankfully wasn't silent, and alerted him of assassins by barking. The Pug then became the official dog of the House of Orange, Dutch royalty.
Even more bizarrely around 1736 the Pug was the secret symbol of "The Order of the Pug" (Mops-Orden) a Catholic Bavarian Freemason society. The Pug was used as their symbol due to the loyalty, trustworthiness and steadiness, and for new initiates, they had to show their total devotion to the order by kissing a porcelain Pug's bottom under its tail! Members all carried a silver Pug medallion.
Fortune was to offer fortune, when a young Josephine was imprisoned in the blood covered jail of Les Carmes in 1794 due to her first husband having been beheaded. It was here that Napoleon Bonaparte showed great interest in Josephine, even though at the time she wasn't very interested but saw Napoleon as a way out of her predicament. The little Pug, Fortune, was used to carry secret messages back and forth between the the lovers who later married.
Josephine came to their marriage in 1796 with "Fortune" but Napoleon refused to let the little dog share his marriage bed, (can't blame him for that) but in a strange twist of "fortune" Fortune bit Napoleon's leg, which caused Josephine to serve an ultimatum, that if Fortune couldn't share their marriage bed, then neither would she! Like many husbands, Napoleon backed down, and let Fortune in his bed.
Pugs with shorter legs and with more squashed noses were imported from China from 1860 and was a favourite breed of Queen Victoria who banned the cropping of their ears.
I hand craft any animal, but particularly all breeds of dog, and would welcome any commissions.
You can see more of my craft here; FB ChicktinCreations
And here on Flickr Chicktin-Creations
Due to popularity, and request, all my needle felt creations come with a signed tag of authenticity.
I welcome buyers from around the world, and would be happy to accommodate any shipping preferences.
Thank you for viewing "Puglett" and happy bidding.
The other pug in the photos is NOT in the auction, but was a commission called "Lola" to whom Puglett took fancy.
Please note, these sculptures are not suitable as toys and need to be kept away from cats and dogs.