'The Bryant Commemorative Vase', 1874.
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Chromolithograph by Clay, Cosack & Co of a silver vase designed by James Horton Whitehouse and made by Tiffany & Co, New York. The vase was made to celebrate the 80th birthday of poet and editor William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) It was the first piece of American silver in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Colour plate from 'Treasures of art, industry and manufacture represented in the American Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia 1876'. The American Centennial Exhibition opened in Philadelphia in Spring 1876 and celebrated the 100th anniversary of American independence, as well as a century of industrial and scientific achievement and cultural exchange. All of the American states and many other nations were represented in more than 30,000 displays.