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[Compiled by Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics at the Denver Art Museum.

Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazine, Winter 2013.]


Crucibles, Coors Porcelain Company, Glazed porcelain, 1920s.


The chemical porcelain labware produced by the Coors Porcelain Company in Golden, Colorado, is a unique collection of specialized forms--crucibles, beakers, evaporating dishes, and other items--that have remained virtually unchanged since their earliest iteration. By the 1930s the company was one of the largest manufacturers of chemical porcelain, producing some three hundred different shapes and sizes.


Its porcelain labware conforms to a single visual standard. The simple, utilitarian forms are glazed in a uniform white or, occasionally, black (for use in testing light-colored materials), and the ceramic body is consistent across each product type.



Heat-and scratch-resistant, the labware was also well-suited for domestic use, and the objects were widely used in modern homes thanks to their elegance, durability, and low cost.


Porcelain Tray

Estimate: $150 - $300 (FMV)

Listed By: Stephanie Retz

Location: Providence, RI

Estimate By: Jorge Luis González

The thick potting, simple decoration, small size and deep shape of the tray would indicate late 18th or early 19th century continental manufacture.

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