Kaendler’s Taxa (Rafael Nr. 28): „2 pug dogs of proper size seated facing each other, on a pillow, 6. Thlr.“
The pair of pugs with outstretched tongue is extremely rare. We found only two other pairs: Porcelain Collection Zwinger, Dresden (PE 3892, 3893) and Count Alarico Palmieri Collection of Dogs and Cats in Art (Christie’s 28.03.1996).
The pugs were part of the ‘Mopsorden’ reception ceremony, which in turn satirized the secret rites of the Freemasonry. To the general amusement of society, the new members (also called ‘pugs’) repeatedly had to stick out their tongues – a lengthy as well as comical ritual (see Gabriel-Louis Pérau ‘L'Ordre des francs-maçons trahi et le secret des Mopses révélé’ Amsterdam 1745, see the German translation by Köllmann Keramos 50/1970 pp. 78 f.).
Such a pair of pugs was an indication that his owner was a member of the Mopsorden. This time-historical context moreover proves with rare certainty that this is a born pair.