Made by Karl L. H. Müller / Centennial vase / 1877Made by Karl L. H. Müller
Centennial vase

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Creator Name: Müller, Karl L. H.
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: ca. 1820-1887
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Karl L. H. Müller
Title: Centennial vase
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1877
Creation End Date: 1877
Creation Date: 1877
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic, american porcelain
Materials and Techniques: Porcelain
Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (32.4 x 26.0 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1987.12
Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1987

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. Identical in form and relief decoration to the Century vases, this vase is about ten inches smaller and is one of about twelve known in this size. 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. It is unique in being the sole version that bears the designer's signature. The museum owns a pair of small Centennial vases (69.194.1,2) and a large-size undecorated example.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.12
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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