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Cream colored salt-glaze stoneware. Bulbous pitcher ("Pulle") with small flat base and narrower turned tin-mounted neck. Strap handle, to which is attached mount for tin lid. Pressed reliefs: ornamented medallion eagle of Roman Empire dated 1580 and one dated 1574 in shield held by angel at...

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Gummed paper label on underside of base: "O. Bondy"


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]; February 20, 1960, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA [see note 3]. (Accession Date: March 10, 1960) NOTES: [1] According to letters from R. Thornton Wilson to Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA (February 19 and 23, 1960; in MFA curatorial file); the jug may also be identifiable in an undated photograph of a room in Bondy's Vienna home (copy in MFA curatorial file). Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, 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. 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). [2] Blumka Gallery sold many of the objects restituted to German and Austrian emigrés living in the United States, including Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy. [3] In a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA (February 19, 1960; see above, n. 1), the author writes, "I have instructed Blumka to ship [the wine jug] as a gift from me to the Boston Museum...."

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


German, 1580–90

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Height 28.58 cm (11 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Salt-glaze stoneware with tin




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware