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Double spouted vessel

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Double Spouted Non-Functional Vase. grayish-white earthenware body covered with fairly uniform green lead glaze which collects to a blackish color. An ovoid body on a hemispherical foot. The principle applied decoration is a cherub head, and 2 medallions, the larger with the royal Valois emblem...

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Provenance

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; December 7, 1964, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1965, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1965) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (December 8, 1964; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the vessel 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 Florence Ellsworth Wilson

French, first half of 16th century

Object Place

France

Dimensions

Height 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.28

Medium or Technique

Lead-glazed earthenware. Slipware (terre vernissee)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery