Vase, hard paste porcelain, upper section elaborately decorated with banding of blue thunderbolts, eagles and stars superimposed in gold. The handles are bison heads. Middle section with portrait medallions on one side the sewing machine, steam boat, planter, planter and reaper, opposite side has relief of Washington in white with two medallions of the Union Porcelain Works and a factory on the other side, a gold band with animal heads separates middle section from the lower section which has designs in white relief, depicting Indians, a revolutionary soldier, and the Boston Tea Party.Condition: Good


  • Title: Century Vase
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Location Created: Greenpoint (now Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: Gift of Carll and Franklin Chace, in memory of their mother, Pastora Forest Smith Chace, daughter of Thomas Carll Smith, the founder of the Union Porcelain Works
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/713/Century_Vase
  • Medium: Porcelain
  • Markings: Raised circle with impressed mark of "U.P.W." with eagle head holding "S" in its beak.
  • Manufacturer: Union Porcelain Works
  • Inscribed: Inscribed: "Century Vase /Exhibited at the Centennial /Exhibition at Philadelphia /Manufactured 1876 /By Union Porcelain Works /Greenpoint"
  • Dimensions: Height: 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)Diameter of base: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession number: 43.25

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