Three-Handled Armorial Vase
Object Place: Raeren, Factory of Jan Emens
Height 30.5 cm (12 in.)
Medium or Technique
Stoneware, salt glaze
Not On View
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)
 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.
With the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in March, 1938, the possessions of Oscar and Elisabeth Bondy were seized and expropriated almost immediately by Nazi forces. 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 Gallery. For further on Oscar Bondy, see Sophie Lillie, Was einmal war: Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens (Vienna, 2003), pp. 216-245.
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Joan Bergere Drayton