Decorative Arts


Vase, 1915
Paul Revere Pottery (United States, ca. 1908–42)
11 x 7 1/2 inches
Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust 1987-14-1

In contrast to other American art pottery vases held by Krannert Art Museum, this one is marked on the bottom with the initials "L.S.," indicating that it was designed, formed, glazed, and fired by a single person. The unidentified woman was part of a program created in 1906 at the Boston Library Club House by a group of immigrants known as the Saturday Evening Girls. The association, which the girls first joined as an educational pastime, grew into a profitable enterprise in which they could earn their living as potters. In 1908 the group moved to a location on Hull Street near the Old North Church, where Paul Revere had famously seen the signal lanterns. After the move, the Saturday Evening Girls began to use the name Paul Revere for their pottery works.

This vase departs from most Paul Revere examples, which were customarily decorated with large incised flower shapes filled with color. Typically, glazes were solid colors with matte or reflective surfaces. The base color of this vase, however, is a mottled brown, and a thin green glaze flows between three evenly spaced handles on the shoulder to form an irregular pattern on the body. An oyster-gray glaze washes over the lip and into the green glaze on the shoulders. There are no applied decorative details.

Excerpted text by Maxine Hixon and Robert B. Smith, from Krannert Art Museum: Selected Works, 2008

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