Sara Galner (American, born Galicia [Ukraine], 1894–1982); Paul Revere Pottery (also known as the "Saturday Evening Girls") (American, 1908–42)
Earthenware; H. 16 in. (40.6 cm), Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2000 (2000.31)
The Saturday Evening Girls Club was formed as an organization to educate and train immigrant girls of Boston. The Paul Revere Pottery was established to provide an income to young women through the creation of dynamic pottery. Initially they decorated dinnerware and children's sets, specializing in plates with bands of animals or birds. Some of the young women, like Sara Galner, who decorated this vase, progressed to a more sophisticated level. This vase bears a striking design of asymmetrical stylized Queen Anne's lace on a background of variegated bands of sky, terminating in jagged foliage. The outlines are crisp and decisive in this bold design, illustrating a high level of refinement at the pottery.