One side of this pitcher depicts King Gambrinus, the Teutonic inventor of beer, offering Uncle Sam his first glass of the foaming brew. The other sIde shows a scene from Bret Harte's popular 1870 poem known as "The Heathen Chinee." Despite its title, Harte's poem paints a sympathetic picture of these new Asian immigrants and was a plea for fairness.
On barrel is stamp of "U.P.W.".
Base marked in rust "Union / Porcelain Works / Greenpoint / N.Y." and eagle head in black with "U.P.W."
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Karl L. H. Mueller (American, born Germany, 1820-1887). Ice Pitcher, ca. 1875. Porcelain, 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Franklin Chace, 68.87.51. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.87.51_right_PS9.jpg)
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Ice pitcher, porcelain, with patented spout for ice, yellow ground with relief decoration of cowboy and Chinaman concealing a poker hand, opposite side King Gambrinus presenting a barrel of beer to Brother Jonathan. Bear handle, spout in the shape of a sea lion.
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