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Ice Pitcher

Decorative Arts

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.

MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES ca. 1875
DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS 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."
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 68.87.51
CREDIT LINE Gift of Franklin Chace
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE right, 68.87.51_right_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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. Condition: Good
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (90%)
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