Covered tumbler

November 1914
Paul Revere Pottery of the Saturday Evening Girls club (active 1908–1942), Decorated by Sara Galner (American, born Austria–Hungary, 1894–1982)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 11.1 x 8.9 cm (4 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2007.382a-b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with glaze

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Green covered beaker decorated with iris. Some chips on rim of lid.


In contrast to the nasturiums on the bowl seen previously, the irises on this covered tumbler are more stylized. The complexity of her work does not directly correlate to her amount of experience at the pottery, although she certainly became more adventurous as she gained mastery of her craft and the trust of her supervisors. While some of her more simplified compositions have a cartoon-like character, the more sophisticated ones have a level of intricate detail, the level of complexity reflecting a deliberate choice in style, not her skill level.

Inscription

lid: "S.G."; beaker: "S.E.G. / 11-14 / S.G."

Provenance

Early history unknown; some time between 1987 and 2005, acquired by Dr. David L. Bloom, Morristown, NJ, then Boston, MA; given by Dr. David L. Bloom to the MFA (Accession date: XXXX)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. David L. Bloom and family in honor of his mother, Sara Galner Bloom

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.