Century Vase, ca. 1876
Designed by Karl L. H. Müller (German, ca. 1820–1887); manufactured by Union Porcelain Works (American, 1863–ca. 1922)
Porcelain; H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Chace, 1969 (69.194.1)
This vase features species of native American plants around its body. 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, among them a minuteman with his cannon, William Penn signing a treaty with the Indians, and the Boston Tea Party.