Narrow neck with applied lion's masks, band of fluting on wide shoulder. Impressed band with scenes of Susanna after prints by Konrad Goltzius over inscription, date & signature. Paneled and tapering to narrow base; triangles cut in panels. Heavy scroll handle has pewter for (lost) cover.
By 1938, Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; probably sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 2]; 1958, acquired from Blumka, by exchange, by the MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 1958) NOTES:  Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. This jug is identifiable in two undated photographs of a room in Bondy's Vienna home (copy in MFA curatorial file). In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, his collection was systematically looted by the Nazis. 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. It has not been determined whether this jug was among the objects seized from his collection; however, if it had been, it was in all likelihood returned to Mrs. Bondy in New York, who sold it to Blumka Gallery (see below, n. 2).  Blumka Gallery sold many of the objects restituted to German and Austrian emigrés living in the United States, including Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy.
Gift of J. Templeman Cooldige, by exchange