Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Centennial Vase, 1877
    Made by Karl L. H. Müller (German, ca. 1820–1887); manufactured by Union Porcelain Works (American, 1863–ca. 1922)
    Porcelain; 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (32.4 x 26 cm)
    Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1987 (1987.12)

    The sculptor Karl Müller designed a number of works for the Union Porcelain Works display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Among his most notable were a pair of large Century vases, each covered with a profusion of historical scenes and novel combinations of patriotic motifs in relief. 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.

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  • Centennial Vase, 1877
    Made by Karl L. H. Müller (German, ca. 1820–1887); manufactured by Union Porcelain Works (American, 1863–ca. 1922)
    Porcelain; 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (32.4 x 26 cm)
    Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1987 (1987.12)


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