Century Vase

Designer: Designed by Karl L. H. Müller (ca. 1820–1887)

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Union Porcelain Works (1863–ca. 1922)

Date: ca. 1876

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Porcelain

Dimensions: H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Chace, 1969

Accession Number: 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.