Tile

February 1917
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: 15.9 x 10.8 x 0.6 cm (6 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.374

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with glaze

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Tile decorated with Paul Revere with motto.


The Saturday Evening Girls Club (SEG) was established in 1899 to provide cultural activities for immigrant girls of Italian and Jewish heritage living in the tenements of Boston’s North End. In 1908, the reform-minded club leaders founded a pottery to provide the girls with a clean and educational venue to earn money. They named the enterprise the Paul Revere Pottery due to its location in the historic North End, and its proximity to the Old North Church, where the lanterns immortalized by Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” hung.

Inscription

motto: "STRUCK / OUT / BY.A. / STEED / FLYING.FEARLESS.&.FLEET"
on bottom: "S.E.G. / 2–17 / 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.