See more objects with the tag interior decoration, domestic, tableware, vase, skyscraper.

Object Timeline


  • Work on this object began.


  • Work on this object ended.




  • You found it!

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 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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

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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Skyscraper Vase, 1930–1940 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=17 July 2018 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

If you would like to tell us more about an object or have found an error in an object record, please let us know!