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Mug, "In the Forest..."

Decorative Arts

This mug is unusual for its complex landscape design and the poetry of its inscription: "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."

MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
DATES 1912
DIMENSIONS Height: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
MARKINGS On bottom, handpainted in black "S.E.G./10-12/S.G."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle in memory of J. Fuller Feder, by exchange
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mug of thick-walled straight sides that taper towards base with applied handle. Exterior decorated with grainy matte glaze in natural/beige, beige, blue, green, yellow, and black landscape scene. Painted in black to proper right of group of trees, “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"
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