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Vase

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Union Porcelain Works (UPW), the most famous and longest lived of the Brooklyn ceramic firms, was established by Thomas Carll Smith after he bought out his partners at the earlier William Boch & Brothers pottery. UPW produced a wide range of wares that appealed to a broad spectrum of consumers: art pottery, porcelain tableware sets, hotel and restaurant ceramics, Parian ware figures, and even elaborately decorated water filters.

In 1874 UPW hired Karl L. H. Mueller (American, b. Germany, 1820–1887) to design special wares for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. He created highly original designs that featured unique North American iconography of native animals and scenes of national history that helped UPW distinguish itself from its European competitors.
MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES ca. 1884
DIMENSIONS 14 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (37.8 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Printed on underside: partial mark in brown of "UNION / PORCELAIN / WORKS / GREENPOINT / N.Y."; and mark in green, "U.P.W." above head of an eagle Incised into ground (beneath glaze) on underside: "U.P.W. / 1884"
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
ACCESSION NUMBER 68.87.44
CREDIT LINE Gift of Franklin Chace
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Union Porcelain Works (1863-ca.1922). Vase, ca. 1884. Porcelain, 14 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (37.8 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Franklin Chace, 68.87.44. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 68.87.44_view2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION White, hard paste porcelain, embossed with polychrome and gilded decorations. Square-shaped body with slightly bulging contours supported on foot rim, tapers in then rises to form tall squared neck; grotesque lizards in matte gold applied to opposing corners of neck (one near top faces down, one near body faces up). Each side of body and neck covered with stylized jewel work of geometric and foliate patterns in gold, blues, and pinks. CONDITION: Good.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (94%)
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