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Accession # 68.87.37
Manufacturer Union Porcelain Works
Designer Karl L. H. Mueller
Title Vase
Date ca. 1876
Medium Porcelain
Dimensions 5 3/4 x 3 x 2 3/4 in. (14.6 x 7.6 x 7 cm)
Marks "U.P.W. / S" [in gold]
Inscriptions no inscriptions
Signed no signature
Credit Line Gift of Franklin Chace
Location Visible Storage: Case 36, Shelf L (Ceramics)
Description Vase in shape of a pitcher plant with a frog at the base, decorated with gold. Frog is brown with green and gold spots.

Curatorial Remarks: 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.