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Bowl

Glazed Hafner ware. Shallow on splayed footband (broken) with two open scroll handles. Center has white rayed mask of sun in wreath; yellow shells, white above, and flutes of blue and green extend to blue rim; yellow back.

Provenance

By 1938, Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; 1938, probably seized by Nazi forces and in 1948, restituted to Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy, New York [see note 2]; probably sold by Mrs. Bondy to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 3]; December 5, 1961, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1962, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1962) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to David B. Little of the MFA (February 27, 1962). Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. In a Nazi-generated inventory of his collection (July 4, 1938; Vienna, BDA-Archiv, Restitutions-Materialen, K 8/1) there are two bowls that might be identified with MFA no. 62.30. One is described as a multicolored Hafnerware bowl with a representation of the sun, measuring 29 cm. diameter (p. 6, no. 85); the other is a multicolored, two-handled bowl with a foot, with a sun at the bottom, measuring 19.5 cm. diameter (p. 51, no. 884). The MFA bowl measures approximately 22 cm. diameter. [2] In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, Oscar Bondy's collection was systematically looted by the Nazis. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market. In a copy of the 1938 inventory (mentioned above, n. 1), which was used by the Allied forces responsible for restituting looted artwork, it is noted that both bowls potentially identifiable with MFA no. 62.30 were given back in 1948. For further on Oscar Bondy, see Sophie Lillie, "Was einmal war: Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens" (Vienna, 2003), pp. 216-245. [3] Blumka Gallery sold many of the objects restituted to German and Austrian emigrés living in the United States, including Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy.

Credit Line

Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson

German, 17th century

Dimensions

Overall: 5.4 x 22.2 cm (2 1/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

62.30

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics