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Statuette of Blacksmith

Karl Mueller originally patented the design for this genre figure in 1868, producing it in several sizes in metal in partnership with his brother Nicholas. After he joined UPW, the figure was also produced in unglazed porcelain, or Parian ware.

  • Manufacturer: Union Porcelain Works, 1863-ca.1922
  • Artist: Karl L. H. Mueller, American, born Germany, 1820-1887
  • Medium: Unglazed porcelain
  • Place Manufactured: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Dates: ca. 1876
  • Dimensions: 12 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (30.5 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm)  (show scale)
  • Markings: Incised on back of block which supports anvil: "U.P.W. / GREENPOINT. / N.Y."; incised below block, "K. MULLER."
  • Signature: no signature
  • Inscriptions: no inscriptions
  • Collections:Decorative Arts
  • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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  • Accession Number: 68.87.55
  • Credit Line: Gift of Franklin Chace
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Union Porcelain Works (1863-ca.1922). Statuette of Blacksmith, ca. 1876. Unglazed porcelain, 12 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (30.5 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Franklin Chace, 68.87.55. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: 3/4 front, 68.87.55_threequarter_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
  • Catalogue Description: Unglazed white porcelain figure of a naturalistically rendered blacksmith. Bearded man, standing, raises a pipe to his mouth with proper left hand and has proper right hand raised over head (hole through right hand, perhaps held a tool or something for lighting pipe); he wears hat, short-sleeved shirt, and an apron tied around his waist; he leans against a block supporting an anvil over which is his smock or coat; standing on a disk base with hammer, horseshoe, and pinchers at his feet. Condition: Fair; hairline cracks throughout, dirt in crevasses, and chips in brim of hat, bottom of apron, and around base.
  • Record Completeness: Best (92%)
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Recent Comments
19:04 10/30/2009
I have a bronze sculpture of the statuette of blacksmith By K. Muller that is identical to the porcelain sculpture that you have in your museum, can you tell me how to find out more about this object
By Rob schweigert

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