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Object Timeline

1930

  • Work on this object began.

1940

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2017

Skyscraper Vase, 1930–1940

This is a Vase. It was manufactured by Coors Porcelain Company. It is dated 1930–1940 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This glazed earthenware vase by the Coors pottery of Colorado shows that by the 1930s, the popularity of modernism, particularly the skyscraper style, reached beyond the sophisticated up-market buyer to middle- and lower-market consumers as well. Coors introduced the vase, popularly known as the “Empire” vase, in the early 1930s, retailing for less than $1.20 during the Great Depression, and sold the model until about 1940.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

Our curators have highlighted 8 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vase, ca. 1917
  • painted zinc, original glass liner.
  • Private Midwest collection.
  • 32.2016.4
  • Necklace, 1930–35
  • diamonds, platinum.
  • Lent by Tiffany and Company, Archives, A2000.20.
  • 62.2016.1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 22.5 × 15.5 × 8.5 cm (8 7/8 × 6 1/8 × 3 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in blue-green on underside of base: COORS /Golden/Colorado/Pottery (in trinagular format)

Cite this object as

Skyscraper Vase, 1930–1940; Manufactured by Coors Porcelain Company ; glazed earthenware; H x W x D: 22.5 × 15.5 × 8.5 cm (8 7/8 × 6 1/8 × 3 3/8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2015-41-5

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