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
Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection
Currently Out on Loan
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.