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    Artist Name:

    Karl L. H. Müller

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born Germany, 1820–1887


    The Century Vase




    Porcelain with paint and gilt decoration


    22 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches

    Credit Line:

    Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing,Third Level, Gallery 303
    Designed and modeled by Karl L. H. Müller, the Century Vase is one of only two made for display at the Centennial Exhibition commemorating the nation’s 100th birthday. The vase’s eclectic decoration, which includes bison-head handles and a profile of George Washington—a powerful patriotic symbol for many Americans—this monumental piece evokes nostalgia for the past, pride in industrial progress, and optimism for the future. Union Porcelain Works was the first American firm to successfully apply underglaze polychrome decoration on true, hard-paste porcelain.

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