Mould (for wafering iron?). Tree of Jesse, recumbent figure and seven small hatted half-length figures above.
Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; probably sold from Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 2]; December 30, 1959, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1960, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1960) NOTES:  According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA (January 2, 1960; in MFA curatorial file). The underside of the mold bears a label reading "O. Bondy." 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 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 R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson