Cup: H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Saucer: Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Chace, 1969
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Union Porcelain Works was one of the most important and inventive American porcelain manufacturers in the second-half of the nineteenth century. In addition to their imaginative works designed by the German-born artistic director, Karl H. L. Müller, the firm’s mainstay was the production of heavy porcelain hotel dinnerware. This extensive service was made by Thomas Carll Smith, head of the Union Porcelain Works, as a gift to his daughter, Pastora Forest Smith Chace. The neoclassical decoration of the gilt bellflower and basket motif is complimented by turquoise enamel. Unlike the firm’s more eccentric and lavish designs created for their display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, the pottery favored a more restrained classical style for their dinner services. This service descended in the Chace family.
Marking: printed on underside of cup's base in dark green under glaze: U.P.W. / [eagle's head with letter S in beak]; printed in reserve on underside of base in yellow over glaze: UNION / PORCELAIN / WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y. / 10 '85; impressed into porcelain on underside of base under glaze: [mark resembling: /]
printed on underside of saucer's base in dark green under glaze: U.P.W. / [eagle's head with letter S in beak]; printed in reserve on underside of base in yellow over glaze: UNION / PORCELAIN / WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y. / 10 '85
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin M. Chace, Easthampton, New York, until 1969