Karl L. H. Müller (American, born Germany, 1820-1887). <em>"Chinese Argument" Figural Group</em>, ca. 1882. Porcelain, H: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John D. Rockefeller III and Eleanor Wallace, by exchange, 2009.70. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2009.70_PS9.jpg)

"Chinese Argument" Figural Group

Artist:Karl L. H. MüllerUnion Porcelain Works

Medium: Porcelain

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1882

Dimensions: H: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910


Accession Number: 2009.70

Image: 2009.70_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A complex sculptural group depicting a nest on top of a tree trunk. In the nest are an eagle at the back, and at center a nude putto in a slouching Phrygian cap with right arm about the neck of the eagle and left arm extended and holding down a young black boy at the front of the nest. On the tree trunk is a Chinese man trying to climb into the nest. There are rodents nestled in holes in the tree, all on a raised stepped circular base. Overall matte glaze.

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