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Poet's Pitcher

A work made of parian porcelain.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of parian porcelain.




Union Porcelain Works
American, 1863–c. 1922
Designed by Karl L. H. Müller
American, 1820–1887

About this artwork

Union Porcelain Works was known for making doorknobs and other utilitarian objects before expanding into fine tablewares that could compete with imported products. Karl L. H. Müller, a German-born sculptor, was hired to design inventive works that went into production around the time of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. This pitcher, which depicts six poets in profile encircling the body of the vessel, received international acclaim, as did Müller’s other designs for Union Porcelain. One account of his works on display at the Philadelphia exhibition declared them exemplary of “what can be done in art pottery on this side of the water.”


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Union Porcelain Works (Manufacturer)


Poet's Pitcher


c. 1875–1886


Parian porcelain


Marked on underside of base with an eagle's head and the letter "S" with "Union Porcelain Works, Greenpoint, N.Y." above 1 86 in a yellow circular decorator's mark.


H.: 21. 8 cm (8 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. Eric. Oldberg

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