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The Flight into Egypt is painted in iron-red, maroon, gray-blue, and yellow within a circle of red, feathery leaves, and an outer border of leaves and flowers in maroon and gray-blue. It is inscribed MARIA EN JOSP EN HET KINDEK.

Inscription

It is inscribed "MARIA EN JOSP/EN HET KINDEK" on front.

Provenance

By 1938, Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; 1938, seized by Nazi forces; 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]; October 30, 1959, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1959, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 12, 1959) NOTES: [1] Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. The plate is included in a Nazi-generated inventory of his collection (July 4, 1938; Vienna, BDA-Archiv, Restitutions-Materialen, K 8/1), p. 30, no. 488. [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 (cited above, n. 1), which was used by the Allied forces responsible for restituting looted artwork, it is noted that the plate was 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 Bondy.

Credit Line

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

English, 18th century, about 1775

Object Place

England

Dimensions

Diameter: 25.4cm (10in.)

Accession Number

59.855

Medium or Technique

Creamware

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery