Century Vase

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

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

Date: 1876

Geography: Made in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Porcelain

Dimensions: Overall: H. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm); Diam. 17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm)
Lip: Diam. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Scheider Gift, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.95


This Century Vase is one of several large-scale works that Karl Müller designed for the Union Porcelain Works booth at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876. Here it is displayed on a classical porcelain pedestal, also designed by Müller, as was originally intended. The vase features motifs celebrating the nation's past: six relief panels portray scenes from American history, including the Boston Tea Party and Penn's Treaty with the Indians. This example lacks the elaborate overglaze embellishment found on other examples, probably because it suffered from minor firing flaws.