Monday, September 20, 2010

My Canine Collection

My sister teases me because I have a collection of vintage dog figurines and paintings, though I don't have a 'real' dog.  I have several small, vintage dog figurines, mostly Lefton and a few Royal Doulton that I display in my office/sitting room on tables topped with antique Spode transferware meat drainers.     I found two more little dogs to add to my collection this week. 

Below is the table to the left of the sofa
 And these little guys are on the table to the right of the sofa

Displaying like items in a grouping makes a big impact.  Did you know that if you have three or more of anything it is a collection?

I have a few other dog related items in this room too.
Hanging above each of the side tables are two oil paintings of dogs.  One is a Yorkshire terrier that reminds us of our little Yorkie, Penelope, which we gave to Shawn's sister when we moved to Colorado a few years ago.   I have to admit our Penelley (I have nicknames for dogs too) wasn't groomed to perfection like the one in the painting but she is still just as cute!
Directly over the sofa is a painting my Mom did for me about 10 years ago.  On either side of the painting I have two wall shelves which look like swagged ribbons.  Each shelf holds another dog figurine with a Midwinter red transferware plate hanging behind.

I'm joining the following:
Making the World Cuter
Toot Your Horn Tuesdays 
Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Three or More Tuesday at The Gypsy's Corner
Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design 
It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday


  1. Nancy, we no longer have a dog living in our home either. I'd welcome any of these sweet canines though. Love your collection! ~ sarah

  2. Love all your sweet dogs Nancy!! The pictures are just adorable! I have thought that if only I could paint I would love portraits of all my sweet dogs I have had- they are such a part of the family!

    Lovely lovely room!

  3. I love dogs even though we too no longer have a dog. I am drooling over your china dogs and pictures. it is just adorable. What a great collection.

  4. A lovely collection - and I love the way you've added them to the meat drainers. Your home looks so warm and welcoming - thank you for sharing with us.

  5. What a cute collection! I love the two on the shelves!

  6. Gorgeous collection Nancy! Your entire room is beautiful.

  7. You always have such pretty posts! Your "pets" bring a playfulness to your home.

  8. they all look so stately and regal. Love it.

  9. What sweet pooches!! I love the little figurines :)


  10. I have a big collection of canine art too. I have featured just a couple on today's post too. I love the ones you have and really like the way you have featured them in your room.

    Susan and Bentley

  11. Your room is stunning. I love all of your dog figurines and paintings. They are displayed so beautifully. I always love to see the way you use your beautiful transferware in such pretty and unusual ways. Everything is so pretty. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. Nancy,
    We enjoy many of the same things! I adore everything I see on your blog! I've been thinking of getting a small dog, but decided best to keep things simple. I think a ceramic doggy would suit me just fine.

  13. Oh Nancy! I adore your dog collection...they are all wonderful! The paintings are just beautiful!


  14. Hi Nancy... have such a beautiful collection of dog figurines! I really enjoyed looking at each of them! My friend, you have the most beautiful home...I always enjoy coming to your place for a visit!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home and fabulous dog collection with us today!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  15. It was wonderful that you took the time to stop in for tea last week. The teal is such a wonderful colour and you have so many great pieces in your collection! We have just lost of our sweet dogs last month and I miss him. His companion is still healthy and lively and so we cherish her even more. Seeing your canine collection has inspired me to look for a china dog to remember our Jazz by. Love your sitting. I am still in catch up mode from my trip but tea is being served. Hope you can join the fun!
    Have a blessed week.

  16. I think you have this collection because you secretly want the real thing! At least that's what I tell my husband when I bring home a doggy figurine. He doesn't want a real one, so I have to settle for fake ones! Your collection is really lovely, especially paired with all of your pretty red transferware!
    Happy REDnesday,

  17. How absolutley english country...transferware and canine collectibles. Beuatiful room!

  18. Yes- very traditional English here! Lovely...

  19. I love your sweet dog collection. It makes such a pretty vignette when all put together. This is a lovely room.

  20. Your collection is great! The oil paintings are my favorite!

  21. Love your dog collection, especially the little porcelain figurines.

  22. Your dog collection is wonderful, the picture of the little Yorkie.


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