Rather bizarrely today’s Chinese Foo dogs (also spelled ‘Fu’) came from the home of a German lady – in fact the same home as last week’s atomic ashtray. I was told that the lady was a bit of a hoarder, and clearly she didn’t discriminate – these pups and that striking ashtray are miles apart, but equally as beautiful! Interestingly today’s unusual dogs are actually lions, not canines: traditionally these statues stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, tombs, temples, and the homes of the wealthy, and were thought to offer protection. The lions are normally shown in pairs, with the male leaning his paw on an embroidered ball (representing supremacy over the world) and the female restraining a playful cub (representing nurture). There are countless variations of these dogs for sale, but I think our models are reasonably decent quality, and going on the amount of dust they were covered in when we found them, they’ve definitely got some age to them! Luckily though they’re in absolutely mint condition – music to a collector’s ears!
P.S. A pair of dogs identical to ours recently sold online for £450 (R8000)!
Dimensions: Each dog measures 24cm tall x 8.5cm wide x 6.5cm deep