The Bulldog (Бульдог) comes in a variety of forms. This one is the British version, as distinct from the French, American or even the Old English. According to the American Kennel Club, bulldogs are the fifth most popular pure breed in the USA. They are friendly and patient, but can be stubborn. They make excellent family pets as they form strong bonds with children. The bulldog represents England, is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps, the Mack Truck, and 39 American universities claim them as their mascot.
A very representative porcelain figure of the bulldog with fully painted details. Pictures don't do the piece real justice. Blue Lomonosov factory mark stamped on the bottom of the feet. 5¾" x 11¼", almost two pounds (1¾).
Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeler Pavel Veselov. The fruit of their cooperation produced unique figures that are natural and distinctive in their poses.
The Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (Ломоносовский фарфоровый завод) has had a long history, starting with its name. When founded in 1744, it carried the name Imperial Porcelain Factory (Императорский фарфоровый завод). In 1925, it became Lomonosov, named after the scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). Finally, in 2005, it came full circle and was renamed the Imperial Porcelain Factory (or Manufactory), or IPM, for short.