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    American Porcelain Centennial Vase. Union Porcelain Works, Greenpoint, New York, Circa 1876-1885. Designed by Karl Müller. A baluster-form Centennial Vase with sculpted North American bison head handles, portrait medallion of George Washington to either side and a series of relief plaques at the base depicting scenes of America's history during its first century, multi-color overglazed division between plaques and ground of foliate swirls frame the medallions with oak leaves and acorns, berried branches and grape vine framed by a raised gilt band below and above a matt gold band, neck with leafed bands alternating with foliate bands in pinks, interior rim with oak leaves and acorns and fruited branches. Size: 12.75" x 10 x 7.25" (32.4 x 25.4 x 18.4 cm). Marks: MANUFACTURED BY UNION PORCELAIN WORKS GREENPOINT, NY, incised 2. Condition: Some loss of gilt, loss of tip of right horn to one bison, overglaze intact, no crazing, no chips, no cracks.

    The design of this vase is based on a pair of vases created for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and is one of about sixteen known copies that measure ten inches shorter than the original design. This vase is one of a pair, the other example will be sold in our June Decorative Arts & Gentleman's Auction #5065. It has been suggested that the inscription on the matching vase, combined with hand detailing, seen in both examples, indicate Muller's personal hand.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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