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Century Vase and Centennial Pedestal designed by Karl H Muller for the Union Porclain Works | by peterjr1961
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Century Vase and Centennial Pedestal designed by Karl H Muller for the Union Porclain Works

Century Vase and Centennial Pedestal designed by Karl H Muller for the Union Porclain Works

Brooklyn, New York, 1876

 

The Century Vase is one of seven large works designed by the German Sculptor Karl H Muller for the Union Porcelain Works at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Here, as was originally intended, is is displayed on a porcelain pedestal, also designed by Muller. George Washington's profile is featured on the front and back of the vase, flanked bison-head handles. Six relief panels portraying scenes from American history, including the Boston Tea Party and William Penn's treaty with the Lenni Lenape, encircle the base. The unfinished vase lacks the painted scenes of American industrial progress found on the examples. The classical figures in relief on the pedestal reference the story of Electra and were inspired by Josiah Wedgwood's late-eighteenth-century jasperware.

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Taken on July 3, 2009