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


Nationalistic motifs embellish this pair (see 69.194.2) of vases designed by sculptor Karl Müller in honor of America’s 1876 Centennial. Native American plants decorate the body and North American bison heads serve as handles. A profile portrait of George Washington embellishes each side, and the six biscuit relief panels around the base each depict scenes from American history – among them a minuteman with his cannon, William Penn signing a treaty with Native Americans, and the Boston Tea Party.