Cats and dogs – figurines, art and photos

 

Cat-Mexican-Style-Figurine paston-etsy Cute kitten with bow tie

Vintage mexican style kitten

Paston – etsy

 

Feline and canine diversity

 

Both the dog and cat species have evolved to have a bunch of  fascinating breeds and appearances. In the Chinese Zodiac, the dog is born under the sign of loyalty and there is no question about this deep trait, while the cat is born under the influence of feminine luck and mystique.  Anubis in Egyptian mysticism was a dog who was a protector in the underworld and a guide for souls. In ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and they were also worshiped as gods and goddesses. The cat was represented as Bastet in Southern Egypt and as Sekhmet (lion Goddess) in Northern Egypt. Other evidence exists going back 9000 years in Cyprus that cats were buried with their owners which pre-dates large scale cultivation of crops, so their domestication wasn’t purely for protecting food storage but had more sacred motives.
The domestication of cats in Egypt goes back 4000 years where the ancient Egyptians used them to control vermin and other pests in their grain stores. The cat figured prominently in pre-Columbian civilizations as a anthropomorphic Jaguar deity and was the totem (spiritual animal) of the shamans. The lion became a symbol of power in both Africa and the Middle East. Big cats were kept by rulers as a symbol of their authority and status. Due to the usefulness of dogs in hunting animals, they were domesticated earlier than the cat.
Early dwellings in old England had thatched  hay roofs on their houses which were sometimes dug into hillsides and the cats and dogs would sleep on the roof. When it rained, the roofs got slippery and the cats and dogs would slide off of the roofs or fall inside. Thus the expression “Raining Cats and Dogs”.  Also in Norse Mythology, cats were connected to the wind and dogs to the rain, so wet weather was also known as ‘Raining Cat and Dogs’
Due the the innate ability of both dogs and cats to attract a lot of devotion from their owners, they have featured prominently in the decorative and ornamental arts.

 

 

 

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Mid Century Blue Poodle Decorative Statue, Made in Japan

KikisAntiqueEmporium

 

 

 

Cat-at-the-fountain

Cat drinking from fountain

photobucket

 

 

 

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Cast Stone Bichon Frise Dog Statue

springhillstudio

 

 

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Carol Gentithes

Flickr -Mad Dog

 

 

 

Boxer-Dog-Statue--80's-Classic-Critter-Large-Brown-&-White---OneMoeTimeVintage

Ceramic Boxer Dog Statue- 80’s

OneMoeTimeVintage – etsy

 

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Sleeping Lexie the Sharpei

 

 

 

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Blue And White Porcelain Chinese guardian Foo Dog

junkdreamz2014 – ebay

 

 

Mosaic body Bixby-Dalmatian-Dog-Sculpture by Suzanne Noll

Bixby Dalmatian Dog Sculpture by Suzanne Noll

 

 

 

Laura-Barbosa---Celestial-Cat

‘Celestial Cat’ – Laura Barbosa ….

– ‘this is a celebration of the feline both in fantasy and reality. Cats are very spiritual beings and can be associated with the celestial realm.’

EBSQArt

 

 

 

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‘White Cats’ by Dan Casado

 

 

 

Painting - Biking-the-Bloomin'-Desert-by-Connie-Townsend

‘Biking the Bloomin’ Desert’ by Connie Townsend

 

 

 

Anneliese Beckh for 'Georg Schmider' in Zell-Harmersbach, Germany.

 

Cat vase, designed in the 50’s by Anneliese Beckh for ”Georg Schmider” in Zell/ Harmersbach, Germany

 

 

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 Glazed Ceramic cat planter and vase by André Aleth-Masson

France c1970.

 

 

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Leopard from Safarious – African Safari sculptures by Nick Mackman

 

 

 

 

Dog in the back of a red pickup truck Laura Wilensky: Laura Wilensky Porcelain Kingston, NY

Porcelain red pickup truck with dog – Laura Wilensky

 Kingston, NY

 

 

 

 

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Abstract cat sculpture – Lajky, Cz

 

 

 

 

Mini-Shi-Tzu-Dog-Statue

Shi Tzu garden statue

Spring Hill Studio – etsy

 

 

 

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Tabby cat ceramic decorated with figured tenmoku glaze to represent fur by Charles Vyse

 

 

 

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Italian ceramic cat – 50’s

Vrail Vintage

 

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Black cat in attic

Shelterness

 

 

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English Bulldog pup –  ‘Wake me when we get home’

 

 

 

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‘Outta my space’

 

 

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Vintage porcelain Wirehair Fox Terrier Statue

sweettweets – etsy

 

 

 

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Sitting Dalmatian Figurine Statue – Made in Japan

tomsbasement – etsy

 

 

 

Dogs in the garden

‘New dog on the block’

 

 

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‘Did you hear that?’

Pair of Hand Painted White Terriers Ceramic Dogs With Floral Transferware

TheHilltopShop – etsy

 

 

 

Pickles-the-Pup-Ceramic-Dog-Sculpture by Suzanne Noll

‘Pickles the Pup’ Ceramic Dog Sculpture made of red earthenware and various glazes Suzanne Noll

 

 

 

Silver dapple dachshund puppy dog

Silver dapple dachshund pup

Reddit / SheCaresTooMuch

 

 

Pickles the Pup Ceramic Dog Sculpture

‘Woof 9’ by Roelna

 

 

 

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‘Fragrance of the street’ –  Lisbon, Portugal

photo by Ru Palha

2007

 

 

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Large concrete Scottish Terrier garden statue – Spring Hill Studio

 

 

 

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‘The Guardians’ – Art Deco lady with dogs figurine, 1930

1930.fr

 

 

 

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This man came to visit his pet tiger after he had been released into the wild. The tiger ran to greet him with huge hugs and even introduced him to his mate.

 

 

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Ostinelli and Priest

 

 

 

 

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Mid Century Staffordshire dogs

 

 

 

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Nick Mackman

 

 

Airdale-dog figure - Joanne-Cooke

‘Airdale’ – Joanne Cooke

 

 

 

 

Nathalie-Lete floral print puppy figurine

Nathalie Lete

 

 

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Model in tweed coat and hat by Balenciaga  with her dog

Photo by Louise Dahl Wolfe  Harper s Bazaar  Paris  1955

 

 

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 ‘Portrait Of A Cat’  – Mitchell Grafton @ Grafton Pottery

 

 

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Dachshund dog  – Veronica Art

Fler CZ

 

 

 

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‘Kitten Winter’ sculpture by the kitten

 

 

 

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Cat figurine by De Rosa Collections Uruguay

depoezenshop

 

 

 

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Jen Robinson

 

 

 

David-Burnham-Smith abstract pattern polychrome cat sculpture

David Burnham Smith

 

 

 

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Ceramic kitten by Dia De Los Muertos Decor on Wanelo

 

 

Flash-is-Home!---Nick-Mackman-Animal-Sculpture

‘Flash is Home! ‘ — Nick Mackman Animal Sculpture

 

 

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 Hand Painted Porcelain Victorian Lady with Dog Sculpture by Guido Cacciapuoti

Italy

 

 

 

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‘I believe I can fly’ 

via hamusoku

 

 

 

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‘Prowling Cat’ – Tatsuo Suzuki

 

 

 

Jess Quinn cat couple figurine

Jess Quinn

 

 

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Kitten and cat statue – 1952

 

 

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Nolan Windholtz -raku cat

Roundtreepottery

 

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Sleeping dog – Annie Peaker, UK

 

 

 

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Sleeping gray tabby cat figurine by Felicia Nilson

 

 

 

2-50s-Goebel-green poodles ceramic figurines

Pair of poodle figurines – Goebels

 

 

 

Art-Deco-poodle--Darryl-Dean

Spotted poodle – Darryl Dean Antiques, 1st Dibs

 

 

 

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‘ Poodle’  – Jeff Koons

 

 

Bert

Bert the charmer

 

 

 

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Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs Rama and Millie off Palm Beach

 

 

 

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French Faience ‘Desvres’ Cat circa 1910

 

 

 

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Guido Cacciapuoti Righetto Spaniel Dog

 

 

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Black Cat teapot – April Gadler

 

 

 

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Hound dog carved from tree

 

 

 

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‘Dachshund Face Clock’ – Suzanne Noll

 

 

 

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‘Flying Cat’ – Joe Lawrence

 

 

 

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Pair of ceramic dogs

bringthenoise – etsy

 

 

 

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Stina with cat – Lisa Larson

 

 

 

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Susan Thumm

 

 

patrick-villas bronze wild cat sculpture

Patrick Villas

Patrick Villas is a contemporary Belgian born sculptor who is currently working in France. He studied drawing and painting at the School of Fine Arts of Antwerp. He is a self-taught sculptor, spending hours at the Antwerp Zoo watching the cats.

 

 

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Cheshire Mosaic Cat – Cat Shoppe – Toorak, Melbourne

 

 

 

Hinz-Hooked-Wall-Rug cat modernist style

Modernist Cat – Hinz Hooked Wall Rug

 

 

Petunia likes praying in trees

Photo Seth Casteel

 

 

 

Myklebust stainless steel abstract cat sculpture

Myklebust Mid Century stainless steel abstract cat sculpture

 

 

 

 

Cats templates for decoration

Solountip.com

 

 

mid century porcelain cat by C.Mielow

White porcelain cat – C.Mielow

 
 
 
 
 

 

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3 Comments

  1. kim pirihi
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Some of the most beautiful pieces of sculpture I have ever seen. anywhere. Love it.

  2. Nadine Zimmer
    Posted April 9, 2017 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I have a Laura Wilensky cat mug, signed and numbered 2/100.

    It has a cat on each side. Are you familiar with it?

  3. Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful creation. Its one of the best way to keep the memories of your favourite pet always with you.

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