Skip Navigation

Cylindrical Mug

Decorative Arts and Design

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)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Painted on underside in black, "U. P. W." arching over "S"
SIGNATURE Below man with vise, in relief: "K. Muller 18 [?]"
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Union Porcelain Works (1863–ca. 1922). Cylindrical Mug, 1882. Porcelain, 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (14 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz, 63.188. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 63.188_acetate_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 63.188_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.