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"Progress Vase" made for the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition

about 1875
Reed and Barton (founded in 1827), Designed by William Beattie (1793–1875)

Object Place: Taunton, Massachusetts


Overall: 124.5 x 126.4 x 38.1 cm (49 x 49 3/4 x 15 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver electroplate on nickle brass with gold and platinum electroplate

On View

Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery (Gallery 231)


Silver hollowware


Around 1875, made by Reed and Barton for display at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia; remained in the Reed and Barton Archives; November 11, 2015, sold through Freeman's auction house, Philadelphia, lot 266, to the MFA. (Accession date: December 16, 2015)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Deedee and Barrie A. Wigmore and funds by exchange from a Gift of Margueritte E. Kimball, Gift in memory of Hannah Levy, Gift of Donald O. Reichert, American Decorative Arts Curator's Fund, Gift of Suzanne and Frederic Weinstein, Gift of the Haim S. Eliachar Family Fund, Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, Gift of Margret Craver Withers, Gift of Mrs. Yves Henry Buhler, Gift of the artist, Gift of Richard and Margaret Kavesh, Gift of Buford Colgate Joiner, Gift of the Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust, and Gift of Bloomingdale's