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Statuette of Blacksmith

Union Porcelain Works, Karl L. H. Müller

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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.
MEDIUM Unglazed porcelain
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
CREDIT LINE Gift of Franklin Chace
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.87.55_threequarter_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE 68.87.55_threequarter_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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