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Our collection

All the porcelain-figures were made in German and Japan in 1930th. The big black ones were made by modern Polish craftsman. Glasswares are from USA and Czechoslovakia. There are a lot of small statuettes by modern authors in our collection. Moreover we have a big figurine that was made to order by sculptor S. Glushko in memory of our fawn French bulldog Gregor. Some facts from history are written by E.Maksimenko. We express our thanks to her.

Some facts from French bulldogs figurines collecting

Actually the first and the most valuable figurines were made at the same time the breed was born. In the middle of XIX century the recently appeared French bulldogs breed rapidly conquered the hearts of Europeans and came into fashion. At that time French Bohemians (including high rank courtesans) became to order the portraits of their pets among which the French bulldogs were especially popular. So the first and the rarest bronze figurines of those days were named by dogs that were posing for sculptors. As for instance the French bulldogs statuette weighting 3 kilograms by well-known animalist Pierre Mene was made in 1850th.

About porcelain

The first French bulldogs porcelain-figures appeared at the end of XIX century in advanced develop countries such as Germany (Rosenthal, Meissen, Hutschenreuther, Karl Ens and many others) and Austria (Augarten, Keramos, Goldscheider). All that figurines are extremely rare now and are in a great requisition (that is no wonder since the amount of figurines is diminishing with time while the amount of collectors is increasing). Statuettes that were made before 1930th costs more than $1000. Pre-1900th ones are much more expensive and it is almost impossible to get them. At nearly 1920th Japan that was at last opened for foreigners entered the market with moderately priced porcelain. The Japanese began to copy European figurines straight away and sell them much cheaper mainly to the USA. Therefore in Europe old Japanese porcelain-figures are much more expensive and extremely rare. With time the Japanese became to make their own figurines that by design and idea were often better than German. However they cost cheaper since porcelain was not of so high-quality and the Japanese craftsmen that paint figurines were less qualified than Germans. After the Great Patriotic war the situation changed sharply. The manufacture fell into decay in all industries including porcelain-ceramic and glass. They did not pay much attention to quality and there were lack of workers. So the frenchies figurines that were made at 1950-60th are less valued for collectors than pre-war.

Artistic glass

Europe Czechoslovakia always was a center of glass-blowing production in Europe. The peak of prosperity was at the first third of XXth century. Multicolored animals figurines are in great requisition among the collectors. It becomes more and more difficult to find them. Strange though it may seem the smallest ones such as dogs, cats, frogs figurines and so on are especially popular. All of them formerly were made in the form of pendant for bracelets and child's necklaces. Many confectionary plants (for example American Cracker Jack) bought that figurines wholesale and put them into biscuit boxes as gifts for Christmas or other holidays. There are a great number of French bulldogs figurines of Czechoslovak glass-work. They vary from 2 to 6 cm and have different colors and hues. The most valuable among them are those ones which saved their eyes and antique brass collars with multicolor glass or pearl pendant. The rarest colors of them are blue, light-blue and amethystine. So when the real collector visits Czechoslovakia, especially Prague, he necessarily searches every antiquarian shop in order to buy something interesting. The price of the smallest figurine on virtual auctions reaches $200.

The USA Many glass-blowing plants and factories which products (for example, amazingly beautiful pictures and lamps Tiffany that costs now more than hundred thousands dollars on auctions) were so popular in USA at the beginning of past century are working up to now. Of course the manufacture now is not of so good quality as earlier. But collectors easy distinguish old and antique figurines that being sold sometimes on e-Bay auctions from modern ones. For instance, among the multicolor glass French bulldogs by Westmoreland glass-blowers the most valuable are those ones which collars are covered with gold (but their manufacture stopped by 1960th).  

                       










             

         


Main 7 males and bitches of French Bulldog Kennel 'Iz Palevyh Buldogov' Owner of the kennel: Elena Kozhevnikova
Vice-President of the National French Bulldog Club of Russia
Member of French Bulldog lubs of the USA and Gread Britain
Russian Cynologic Federation expert

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