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Pitcher

Maker:
Union Porcelain Works (1863–ca. 1922)
Date:
1875–85
Geography:
Made in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Porcelain
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1968
Accession Number:
68.103.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Bret Harte rivaled Mark Twain in the field of late-nineteenth-century popular literature. On the front of this pitcher, Müller—inspired by Harte’s 1870 poem “The Heathen Chinee”—depicted the frontiersman Bill Nye confronting the Chinese immigrant Ah Sin during a card game. On the reverse, in a departure from the poem, King Gambrinus, the mythical Flemish inventor of beer, is seen offering Brother Jonathan, the American “everyman” (and predecessor of Uncle Sam), a glass of foaming brew.
Inscription: inscribed on barrel: U.P.W.

Marking: marked on underside in black overglaze: UNION PORCELAIN WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y.; incised on underside: N
Tappan Zee Heirlooms, Tarrytown, New York, 1968
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