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Art and Architecture Descriptions

Central Library

Paul Revere Pottery Frieze

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Description of The Goose Girl - Paul Revere Pottery Scenic Tile Architectural Frieze

This tile frieze is comprised of polychrome gloss glazed tiles depicting a maiden with geese in a floral and wooded landscape. It is framed in mottled white marble and inscribed with "Paul Revere Pottery." It is hung in the Johnson Building inside the Children's Library.

The Saturday Evening Girls were a group of teen-aged girls who were formed into a reading group in 1899 by Edith Guerrier, librarian at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library. Over time the group expanded their activities to theatricals, folk dancing and art. Edith Guerrier, along with artist Edith Brown sought financial support from Helen Storrow to help fund pottery making. The Saturday Evening Girls named their pottery company after Paul Revere due to their proximity to the Old North Church. Paul Revere Pottery was produced in Boston from 1908 to 1942.

The Goose Girl was once owned by Helen Storrow who was a philanthropic supporter of the Saturday Evening Girls and Paul Revere Pottery. The frieze had been located in a cabin owned by Mrs. Storrow on property that was later used by the Girl Scouts of America, another organization that Mrs. Storrow supported.

Mr. James Storrow, a descendant of Helen Storrow donated the piece to the Boston Public Library.

Historic New England has additional information about Paul Revere Pottery, the Saturday Evening Girls, and art pottery in Boston.