Mug

December 1914
Decorated by Sara Galner (American, born Austria–Hungary, 1894–1982)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 10.8 x 9.5 x 8.3 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.373

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with glaze

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Green mug decorated with motto and trees.


Volunteers read to the girls as they worked at the pottery. The mug is inscribed, “In the forest must always be a nightingale & in the soul a faith so faithful that it comes back even after it has been slain,” a verse from the 1910 play Chantecler by Edmond Rostand.

Inscription

motto on exterior of mug: "THE.FOREST.MUST.ALWAYS. / BE.A.NIGHTINGALE. / &.IN.THE.SOUL / A.FAITH.SO / FAITHFUL.THAT / IT.COMES.BACK/ EVEN.AFTER.IT / HAS.BEEN / SLAIN"
on bottom: "S.E.G. / 12.14 / S. / G."

Provenance

Early history unknown; some time between 1995 and 2005, acquired by Dr. David L. Bloom, Morristown, NJ, then Boston, MA on eBay.com; 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.