Century Vase

Maker: Karl L. H. Müller (ca. 1820–1887)

Date: 1877

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Porcelain

Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (32.4 x 26 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.12


The sculptor Karl Müller designed a number of works for the Union Porcelain Works display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Among his most notable were a pair of large Century vases, each covered with a profusion of historical scenes and novel combinations of patriotic motifs in relief. North American bison heads serve as handles; a profile portrait of George Washington embellishes each side; and each of the six biscuit-relief panels around the base depicts a different scene from American history.