Doggie Love

On a cold and bleak winter's day, what's better than beating the blues with a dose of doggie love? Today I have a story about pugs - and yes it involves jumping on faces, fashion and a fair bit of history.

The British potters of the 18th and 19th Century understood pet love, and they made wonderful little porcelain pets. These came of course as part of a huge collection of figures made in that era: shepherds, goats and sheep, figures representing the Seasons or various forms of morality... but the universally best loved ones are the pug dogs!

Derby of course made pug dogs, and Worcester. But the best ones, I think, were made by the Yorkshire pottery of Rockingham. While the Derby and