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Three-Handled Armorial Vase

Brown glaze. Stamped decoration: on handles, mascaraons and foliage dated 1590; on body, coat-of-arms of Cleves, dated 1588 and twice of Berg dated 1588 and twice of Berg dated 1594. On coat-of arms of latter initials I.E. for Jan Emens.


Dated 1588, 1590, 1594


Impressed "HS" conjoined


Impressed marks: "6" and ligatured "HS"


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; possibly sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York; May 10, 1967, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1967, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 28, 1967) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (May 11, 1967; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the vase in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection have not been successful. Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, his 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. 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 Joan Bergere Drayton

German, about 1885–90

Object Place

Raeren, Factory of Jan Emens


Height 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stoneware, salt glaze




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware