Plaque

Dutch (Delft)
about 1740-50


Object Place: Europe, Delft, The Netherlands

Dimensions

Overall: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

Accession Number

62.36

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

White painted with blue with figure, probably William IV (1711-1751), Prince of Orange and Nassau, mounted on rearing horse. A hand with flowering branch extended toward him through cloud at upper left edge of frame. Stippled rim. Two holes at top for hanging.

Provenance

Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; possibly sold from Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York; January 23, 1961, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1962, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1962)

NOTES:
[1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (January 26, 1961; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the plaque 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, which was seized and expropriated with the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in 1938. 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, particularly through Blumka.

Credit Line

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