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Statuette of Blacksmith
Accession # 68.87.55
Manufacturer Union Porcelain Works
Artist Karl L. H. Mueller
Title Statuette of Blacksmith
Date ca. 1876
Medium Unglazed porcelain
Dimensions 12 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (30.5 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm)
Marks Incised on back of block which supports anvil: "U.P.W. / GREENPOINT. / N.Y."; incised below block, "K. MULLER."
Inscriptions no inscriptions
Signed no signature
Credit Line Gift of Franklin Chace
Location Visible Storage: Case 36, Shelf K (Ceramics)
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.

Curatorial Remarks: 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.