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Cylindrical Mug

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Porcelain
DATES 1882
DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (14 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm)
MARKINGS Painted on underside in black, "U. P. W." arching over "S"
SIGNATURE Below man with vise, in relief: "K. Muller 18 [?]"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cylindrical porcelain mug with green, gold, and lavender decorative borders and bisque relief in center. The relief is in the form of a medallion flanked by two seated men. Medallion represents infant Hercules battling a bear whose mouth is on a cylindrical gadget; "JOHN / MATTHEWS. / NEW-YORK. / 1832" is molded in the medallion. Man to viewer's right is working at a low vise (?). Man to viewer's left is crouching, holds calipers and has mallet. Relief is signed at lower right, below man with vise. CONDITION: Good.
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