Century Vase

Century Vase

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Description
This ornate, baluster-shaped vase is known as the Century (or Centennial) vase. Commemorating the first 100 years of U.S. history, it features a relief portrait of George Washington, molded North American bison heads employed as handles, and historical scenes and images, including Penn's treaty with the Indians, the Boston Tea Party, and a log cabin with an early settler. A similar vase was manufactured for exhibition at the U.S. Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876. Congress mandated the exhibition to commemorate "the natural resources of the country and their development, and [the country's] progress in those arts which benefit mankind, in comparison with those of older nations."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
vase
date made
c. 1876
maker
Union Porcelain Works
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn, Greenpoint
Physical Description
ceramic; porcelain (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 3/4 in x 19 1/4 in; 55.245 cm x 48.895 cm
ID Number
CE.74.17
accession number
312735
catalog number
74.17
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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