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
Overall: 10.8 x 9.5 x 8.3 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware with glaze
Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)
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.
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."
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)
Gift of Dr. David L. Bloom and family in honor of his mother, Sara Galner Bloom
Reproduced with permission.