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  • Candlestick

    English (London)
    1742–43

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under bases with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1742-3), and with maker's mark of Phillips Garden.

    Provenance

    George D. Widener, Philadelphia (d. 1912); after his death by descent to a "Florida Collector"; April 29, 1986, sold by a "Florida Collecter" at Christie's, New York, lot 178. Spink & Son Ltd, London; by 1996, most probably sold by Spink & Son to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 22 x 12.6 x 12.6 cm (8 11/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.) Weight: 98 oz 2 dwt (3054g)

    Accession Number

    2001.125.3

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Toy Porringer

    English (London)
    about 1700
    Unidentified

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The circular bowl is raised and has a flat base and curved walls. A shaped handle, formed from cut sheet, is applied to the rim.

    Inscription

    Engraved on handle, "MO / to / MK".

    Signed

    D

    Markings

    On underside, Britannia, maker's mark D with a pellet between and a crown above (unrecorded)

    Provenance

    James S. Barnet, Shreve, Crump & Low, Co., Boston, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: December 8, 1955)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 2 cm x W. 6.8 cm (13/16 x 2 11/16 in.); Weight: 17 gm (11 dwt)

    Accession Number

    55.976

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Counting box (boîte de jetons) with counters

    French
    about 1750–70
    Made by Mariaval, le jeune (French, active by 1746)

    Description

    This set of four boxes was intended for the card game Quadrille, a variation on Ombre and Whist and involving bidding, trump suit, and taking tricks. The game called for four players, thereby requiring four boxes, one for each player and for each suit of cards. Each of the four boxes in this set is painted a different color–red, green, and yellow–or left in the natural color of the ivory. The lid of each is decorated with a suit of cards on an ivory disk, flanked by allegorical female figures painted en grisaille within roundels and representing the Four Seasons or the Elements. The top disk rotates on a center bronze pin, and a square opening in this disk reveals a number beneath. Painted on the underside of each lid is a pastoral landscape, depicting fishermen at a stream or figures greeting one another on a country path. These landscapes, painted en grisailles and touched with green, derive from Netherlandish engravings, which enjoyed a tremendous vogue in Paris during the third quarter of the 18th century. Inside each box remains the original painted ivory counting chips painted in the same color as the box and in three different shapes and sizes.

    Red box (spades): 5 numerical counters (elongated octagons): 4 discs, 14 batons (slender rectangles). White box (hearts): 5 numerical counters, 6 discs, 16 batons. Green box (diamonds): 5 numerical counters, 2 discs, 16 batons. Yellow box (clubs): 4 numerical counters, 5 discs, 14 batons.

    Inscription

    Inscribed on the interior: "Mariaual le Jeune a Paris fecit"

    Provenance

    André Chéronnet-Champollion (b. 1880 - d. 1915), Paris, New York, and Newport, NH [see note]; by inheritance to his son, René Chéronnet-Champollion (b. 1909 - d. 1959), New York and Newport, NH; by inheritance to his widow, Stella Champollion Trafford (b. 1912 - d. 2009), Boston; 2001, gift of Stella Champollion Trafford to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2001) NOTE: He may have inherited this set of counting boxes (MFA accession nos. 2001.238.1-4) from his great-grandfather, Jean-François Champollion (b. 1790 - d. 1832).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Stella Champollion Trafford

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.9 x 8.3 x 5.7cm (3/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.238.1

    Medium or Technique

    Painted ivory, gilt-metal, later leather case

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Boxes

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  • Annunciation group

    Southern Netherlandish
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1440–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Flanders

    Description

    This piece served a private, devotional purpose and was possibly part of a home altar or shrine. Alabaster is a soft stone, facilitating the carving of minute details. Here, the inclusion of a tower-like structure furnished with books adds a charming intimacy to the scene.

    Provenance

    1950, consigned by A. M. Adler, New York, to Raphael Stora, New York; 1950, sold by Stora to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: October 10, 1950)

    Credit Line

    H. E. Bolles Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    20.32 x 19.7 x 7.6 cm (8 x 7 3/4 x 3 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.3229

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; alabaster with polylchromy

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    Europe

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    Sculpture

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  • Salt Cellar

    English (London)
    1719–20
    Marked by Benjamin Pyne (free 1676–died in 1732)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under base with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1719-20) and with maker's mark of Benjamine Pyne.

    Provenance

    October 22, 1970, sold by an anonymous owner at Sotheby's, London, lot 206. April 29, 1987, sold by an "Iowa Collector" at Christie's, New York, lot 527. S. J. Phillips Ltd, London; By 1996, most probably sold by S. J. Phillips to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5 x 11 x 9.5 cm (1 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.) Weight: 67 oz 14 dwt (2108g)

    Accession Number

    2001.43.3

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (Britannia standard)

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Candlestick

    English (London)
    1693–94
    Marked by EG crowned anchor between, possibly for Edward Gibson

    Description

    Markings

    Struck on reverse with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1693-4), and with maker's mark of EG, crowned anchor between, possibly for Edward Gibson.

    Provenance

    By 1996, Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 15 x 11.1 cm (5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.) Weight: 25 oz (807g)

    Accession Number

    2001.117.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Armchair

    French (Paris)
    1787
    Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (French, 1747–1803)

    Description

    Part of a set of furniture (including Bed 21.1265, Kneeling Chair 53.2092, Bergere 36.640 and Firescreen 27.533, Armchair 50.2342 and Side Chairs 27.524, 27.525, 47.244, and 53.2850)

    Provenance

    1787, delivered to Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d'Avray, intendant-general of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, Paris [see note 1]; 1792, seized by the French government [see note 2]. 1794-1796, acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston and Dorchester, MA [see note 3]; by 1796, with his wife Hepzibah Clark Swan (d. 1825), Boston and Dorchester, MA; 1825, after her death, by inheritance to one of her three daughters; by inheritance to her descendants, Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White [see note 4]; 1953, gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White. (Accession date: December 10, 1953) NOTES: [1] see Howard Rice, "Notes on the Swan Furniture," MFA Bulletin, Vol 38, p. 36-48. [2] After the downfall of the monarchy on August 10, 1792, Thierry was imprisoned and his belongings were seized. He died in the massacres at the Prison de l'Abbaye in September, 1792. [3] James Swan was a merchant established in Paris, and was appointed an official agent for the purchase of supplies in the United States in 1794 by the French Government. His partner was Johann-Caspar Schweizer, a Swiss. According to Howard Rice, the French Government placed at his disposal luxury goods to be exchanged in America for food supplies and war materials. The Swan and Schweizer agency shipped these articles to the United States between 1794-1795, where much of it was sold. However, this piece was among those that Swan kept for his personal use. See H. Rice "James Swan, Agent of the French Republic 1794-1796" The New England Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 3, Sept. 1937, p. 464-486. [4] The three daughters of James and Hepzibah Swan were Mrs. John T. Sargent, Mrs. William Sullivan, and Mrs. John C. Howard, all of Boston, MA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland

    Details

    Dimensions

    95.25 x 64.77 x 60.96 cm (37 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 24 in.)

    Accession Number

    53.2851

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded beech

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Furniture

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  • "Miss Blanche"

    Japanese
    Last quarter 20th century
    Designed 1988: manufactured 1989
    Designed by Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991)

    Object Place: East Asia, Tokyo, Japan

    Description

    The technological process and modern materials allow the silk roses to be suspended in the clear acrylic resin, giving an illusion of weightlessness and delicacy to a sturdy and immensely heavy object, weighing 70 kilos. The contrast between the presence and the inaccessibility of the preserved roses reinforces the sense of illusion. This armchair is entitled “Miss Blanche”, inspired by the corsage worn by and named after the central character in Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

    Provenance

    By descent to the artist's widow, Mrs. Meiko Kuramata, Tokyo, Japan; 1996, sold by Mrs. Meiko Kuramata through Theo Theodorou, Dulwich, London, to the MFA. (Accession date: March 27, 1996)

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and Gift of Dr. John W. Elliot, by exchange and EDA Curator's Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    90.17 cm (35 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.32

    Medium or Technique

    Acrylic resin; silk; plastic; aluminium

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    Asia, Contemporary Art, Europe

    Classifications

    Furniture

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  • Diurnal (Dominican Use)

    German
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1300–50

    Place of Manufacture: Germany

    Description

    Diurnal (a book containing the daytime offices for the canonical hours of prayer), with 309 folios (ff.) and 1 leaf.

    ff. 1 - 4v: Calendar (beginning with May)
    ff. 5 - 5v: [blank]
    ff. 6 - 126: Temporale
    ff. 126 - 213: Sanctorale
    ff. 213 - 222: Commons
    ff. 232 - 297: Ferial diurnale
    ff. 297v - 307: 15th-century sanctorale additions (Corpus Christi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ambrose, St. Louis, St. Alexis)
    ff. 307v - 308: [blank]
    ff. 308v - 309: 15th-century addition

    Pages contain 1 column of 16 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines in brown ink, full-length to all edges, writing lines in brown ink, top line doubled, prickings preserved in outer margin for writing lines, in lower outer and inner margins for bounding lines.

    Lacking first two leaves, f. 5 is a tipped-in blank singleton. Catchwords in lower right corner of last verso of each quire, framed.

    Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics. f. 8: five-line initial in blue with red infill and blue and red filigree into all margins, with grotesques; two- to three-line initials throughout in red with blue filigree or vice versa, occasionally extending the full length of the outer margin.

    A 17th-century French binding with vellum over pasteboards, with brown ink fillet border on front and back, title on spine reads “Livre d’Heures”, paper pastedowns, braided endband of brown and white thread, all edges gilt. Knotted threads attached to outer edge as bookmarks for the offices of St. Dominic, the common of “Omnium fidelium defunctorum,” and the ferial diurnal.

    Written for use by the Dominican order in the first half of the fourteenth century. The calendar includes the Transitus of St. Dominic (23 May), the feast of Dominic (5 August) and his octave (12 August), as well as the Dominican commemorations of “the blessed brothers of our order” (5 September) and “all the brothers of our order” (10 October). St. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican saint, is not included in the sanctorale, implying that the manuscript may pre-date his canonization in 1323 (the calendar page that would have included his feastday is lacking).

    Provenance

    In the 19th century, with English dealer [dealer's description laid in]. By 1909, with Dr. Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1909, gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: August 26, 1909)

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 18 x 12.8 cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    09.328

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of vellum over pasteboards with ink and gilding

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Manuscripts

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  • Tankard

    German (Bavaria)
    18th century

    Object Place: Europe, Germany, Bavaria

    Description

    Cherub heads and ball feet; dragon spout and dolphin spigot; figure of a Hissar? holding a goblet on top. Engraved crest and initials on front with date 1745.

    Provenance

    Before 1894, deposited by an unidentified source for inspection or offer of gift, found in MFA collection with no record of ownership, recorded as Loan 2100A. 1894, accessioned as Source Unknown. (Accession date: January 1, 1894)

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    58.5 cm (23 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    94.314

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; pewter

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Pewter

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  • Cream Jug

    English (London)
    1786–87
    Marked by Hester Bateman (1708–1794)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The helmet-shaped body, formed from raised sheet, has a high, narrow pouring lip. It rests on a circular spreading foot with a beaded rim on a square base. A string of beading lines the rim and spout. The high loop handle is reeded. The body is engraved and chased along the borders with bands of geometric ornament and on the plain surface of the body with swags of flowers and ribbons.

    Inscription

    Engraved on front, MB in monogram; scrathced on underside of foot, "216".

    Markings

    To right of handle, maker's mark HB (Grimwade 961); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter l; sovereign's head.

    Provenance

    Lent by Mrs. Adelaide J. Sargent. April 24, 1915. Transferred to Mrs. Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor, December 10, 1931. Gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor to the MFA in memory of Adelaide Joanna Sargent. (Accession Date: September 18, 1947)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor in memory of Adelaide Joanna Sargent

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 16 cm x W. 12.1 cm x D. 5.5 cm (6 5/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.); Weight: 116.2 gm (3 oz 15 dwt)

    Accession Number

    47.1355

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Vase

    Hungarian (Pécs)
    about 1900
    Modeled by Lajos Mack (Hungarian, 1876 1963) (1876-1963), Manufactured by Zsolnay Manufactory (Hungary (Pécs), active 1855–present)

    Description

    Earthenware with luster glaze. Baluster form with molded dragon wrapped around body. Blue luster body with green luster with red highlights. Red luster underside.


    During the 1890s a new technique of iridescent luster glazes was introduced at the Zsolnay factory. This trademark process was achieved by the addition of metallic oxides to the lead glaze. By the late 1890s a deep blue luster called Labrador was developed. Here, the rich surface effect was produced by several different colored luster glazes. With its asymmetrical form and naturalistic modeling, the vase is entirely characteristic of the fashionable Art Nouveau style.

    Markings

    raised seal, "Zsolnay-Pecs" around five church spires over stamped "M".

    Provenance

    By 1990, with Historical Design Collection, Inc., New York, NY; 1990, sold by Historical Design to the MFA. (Accession date: March 28, 1990)

    Credit Line

    European Decorative Arts Curator's Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 34.9 x 19.4cm (13 3/4 x 7 5/8in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.173

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware with lustre glazes

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Earthenware

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  • Punch pot

    English (Stoke-on-Trent)
    about 1755
    Made at Longton Hall Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Globular, flat base, modeled in overlapping grape leaves, tortous twig handle, curved spout with spread leaves / Low domed cover with uneven edge, twig and grapes form finial. Unmarked.

    Provenance

    By 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From December 27, 1972, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 21 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.875a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Porcelain

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  • Sauceboat

    English (London)
    1739–40
    Marked by David Willaume (II)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under bases with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1739-40) and with maker's mark of David Willaume II.

    Provenance

    February 5, 1987, sold by an anonymous owner at Sotheby's, London, lot 114, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 14 x 22.8 x 11.5 cm (5 1/2 x 9 x 4 1/2 in.) Weight: 43 oz 2 dwt (134g)

    Accession Number

    2001.61.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Standing Cup

    English (London)
    1711–12
    Marked by William Pearson (free 1699)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The raised body of the copy has straight sides and a slightly flaring lip. It is supported by a circular spreading foot that rises to a round baluster-form stem. The foot of the cup is raised, with a square wire added to the rim. The baluster stem is cast in two pieces, seamed vertically.

    Inscription

    Engraved on side of cup, "S / W*I / S+SHOVE". engraved on underside, "S / W+I".

    Markings

    On side, maker's mark PE (probably Grimwade 2166); Britannia; lion's head erased (repeated on underside of the vase); date letter Q

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: January 8, 1942)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall Height: 17.4 cm (6 7/8 in.); Weight: 320.4 gm (10 oz 6 dwt) Diam (cup) 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.); Diam (base) 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    42.8

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Tea Caddy

    English (London)
    1754–55
    Marked by Samuel Taylor (free 1744)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The tea cansiters are bombé in form, resting on a molded cast foot decorated with a band of cast and chased with spiraling flutes, with chased flowers filling the lobes. An asymetrical cartouche is reserved at the front of each. The high rim is formed from seamed sheet and chased with flowers over the seam. The domed cover has a bezel, a tooled rim and a finial in the form of a flower and stem. It is chased with spiraling flutes and flowers. The inverted pear-shaped sugar box is constructed and decorated in the same way. The canisters are identical in design; the sugar box is similar but has broader proportions. The inverted pear-shaped body rests on a circular domed foot with a band of flowers and foliage against a matted ground. The body is chased with spiral fluting alternating with bands of flowers. There is a cast finial in the form of a flower and a tooled rim.

    Inscription

    Engraved in the cartouche on each canister, SE

    Markings

    On underside of each canister, maker's mark ST (Grimwade 2645); lion passant (repeated on bezel of each cover); date letter s; leopard's head crowned.

    Provenance

    According to tradition, given by William Shirley (1694-1771) to an ancestor of Andrew Montgomery Ritchie, by descent to Miss Janet Ritchie, Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 5 in.; D. 3 1/4 in. Weight: 1,434.5 gm (46 oz 2 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1985.199a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Box with Busts of Angels

    French (Limoges)
    Medieval
    first half of the 13th century (with modern additions)
    Made at Limoges (France)

    Object Place: Europe, Limoges, France

    Description

    Rectangular box with trefoil hinge and broken clasp. Enamels are hammered, bent, soldered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. The box has a soldered base and interior divider providing two compartments. Sides are a single strip bent at the corners and attached in the middle of the left side. Enamel colors are lapis blue, azure blue, white, red, green, and yellow in single and mixed fields of up to three colors. Reserved and engraved busts of angels with spread wings emerging from clouds (paired on the front and lid and one on each of the short sides) sit against a lapis-blue ground filled with small reserved dots. Angels on the front have green halos with red dots edged in yellow. The other halos are azure blue with red dots and a white border. On the back is a reserved cross pattern on red ground. Reserve bands engraved with an undulating line frame each side. The interior is ungilded.

    Provenance

    By 1905, M. Boy, Paris; May 24, 1905, sold by M. Boy at Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, no. 156. By 1954, with Leopold Blumka, Blumka Gallery, New York, NY; 1954, gift of Leopold Blumka. (Accession date: December 9, 1954)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Leopold Blumka

    Details

    Dimensions

    2.5 x 6.6 x 3.7 cm (1 x 2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.1565

    Medium or Technique

    Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Enamels

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  • Portrait bust of a Man

    French
    about 1795
    Joseph Chinard (1756–1813)

    Object Place: Europe, Lyon, France

    Description

    Terracotta bust of a man and socle. The terracotta socle was cast separately and attached. Bust is signed on back of truncation, incised in clay before firing: chinard/Lyon

    Inscription

    Signed on back of truncation, incised in clay before firing: chinard/Lyon; a paper sticker on back of truncation is inscribed: Chinard/Un Conventionnel/DW 2327/CTEB; a fragment of another paper sticker is inscribed: ionnel".

    Provenance

    1937, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Company, New York [see note 1]; October 2, 1944, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (without socle): 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.) Other (with socle): 33.4 cm (13 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2216

    Medium or Technique

    Terracotta with terracotta socle

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    Europe

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    Sculpture

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  • Miniature Spoon

    English (Chester)
    1765–70
    Marked by Richard Richardson II or III

    Object Place: Europe, Chester, England

    Description

    Each fabricated spoon has a small oval bowl and a plain stem with a Hanoverian terminus.

    Markings

    On back of stem of each, maker's mark RR (similar to Jackson, 1989, p. 399 or p. 400)

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: December 14, 1939)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 1.2 cm(1/2 in.); L. 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.825

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Soup Ladle

    English (London)
    probably 1769–70
    Marked by Thomas Ellis (mark entered 1780)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The forged ladle has a broad fluted bowl and a curved stem with a rounded end.

    Markings

    On back of stem, maker's mark TE (Grimwade 2743); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter O or D.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mr. William Taylor to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 18, 1980)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.7 cm (13 11/16 in.) Weight: 155.9 gm (5 oz)

    Accession Number

    1980.264

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Charger

    French (Moustiers)
    About 1700–20
    Made at Clérissy Manufactory (Moustiers, France, 1679-1783), Probably painted by Gaspard Viry (French, 1668–1720)

    Description

    Faience (tin-glazed earthenware.) The charger is decorated in cobalt blue on a white tin-glazed ground. The border is painted with a pattern of stylized foliage incorporating masks composed of a scull emerging from strapwork.

    Provenance

    By 1996, with Galerie Verneuil-Bac, Paris; 1997, sold by Galerie Verneuil-Bac and purchased by the MFA with funds given by Abe Covo in memory of his beloved wife Jackie Covo. (Accession date: March 26, 1997)

    Credit Line

    Purchased with funds given by Abe Covo in memory of his beloved wife Jackie Covo

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (Diameter): 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1997.19

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware with underglaze blue decoration

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  • Corpus

    Italian (Florence)
    Renaissance
    about 1600–10
    Attributed to Giambologna (Jean Boulogne) (Flemish (worked in Italy), 1529–1608)

    Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

    Description

    Silver corpus, finely chiseled and tooled.


    This Corpus, or body of Christ crucified, was made for private devotion and prayer. Cast in silver, it is also a precious object and finished in exquisite detail, as seen in the smooth musculature, precise rendering of the hair, and textured loincloth.

    Provenance

    Private collection. By 1982, Black-Nadeau, Ltd., London; 1982, sold by Black-Nadeau, Ltd., to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1982)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund and Gift of Randolph J. Fuller

    Details

    Dimensions

    29.84 x 24.76 cm (11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.210

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; silver

    On View

    Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

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  • Teapot

    English
    1768–80
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    15 x 10.5 cm (5 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.942a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

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  • Drunken Fisherman

    German
    about 1738
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706–1775)

    Description

    Provenance

    1959, possibly sold by Delomosne and Son, Ltd., London [see note], to Jean Mauzé (b. 1903 - d. 1974) and Abby Rockefeller Mauzé (b. 1903 - d. 1976), New York; 1977, bequest of Abby Rockefeller Mauzé to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 11, 1977) NOTE: According to a handwritten note in the MFA curatorial file.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Abby Rockefeller Mauze

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 18.1 x 8.7 x 8.3 cm (7 1/8 x 3 7/16 x 3 1/4 in.) Other (Overall): 8.3cm (3 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.283

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Saint Christopher

    Netherlandish or French (?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    About 1430–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, The Netherlands

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1945, Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Paris; 1945, sold by Seligmann, Rey & Co to the MFA for $400. (Accession date: December 13, 1945)

    Credit Line

    Otis Norcross Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    32.4 x 14.0 x 11.4 cm (12 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    45.840

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone with polychromy

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  • Tea bowl

    English
    1770–85
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with the “Fence” pattern.

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent with letter "R" printed in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.922

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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  • Book of Hours (Use of Rome)

    Italian (Siena)
    Medieval (Late Gothic)/early Renaissance
    about 1450–75
    Attributed to Liberale da Verona

    Object Place: Siena, Tuscany, Italy

    Description

    A Book of Hours with 291 folios and 7 leaves:

    ff. 1 - 12v: Calendar
    f. 13: [blank]
    ff. 14 - 132: Hours of the Virgin
    (ff. 14 - 31v: Matins)
    (ff. 31v - 51: Lauds (rubric added later))
    (f. 51v: [blank])
    (ff. 52 - 59: Prime)
    (f. 59v: [blank])
    (ff. 60 - 67: Terce)
    (f. 67v: [blank])
    (ff. 68 - 74v: Sext)
    (f. 75 r/v: [blank])
    (ff. 76 - 83: None)
    (f. 83v: [blank])
    (ff. 84 - 96: Vespers)
    (f. 97 r/v: [blank])
    (ff. 98 - 105: Compline)
    ff. 105v - 132: Seasonal instructions
    ff. 133 - 174: Hours of the Passion
    f. 174v: [blank]
    ff. 175 - 186v: “Hours of the Passion” (i.e. Hours of the Cross)
    f. 187 r/v: [blank]
    ff. 188 - 258: Office of the Dead (Use of Rome)
    f. 258v: [blank]
    ff. 259 - 291v: Penitential Psalms, Litany and Prayers

    1 column of 12 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines plummet or dry-point, full-length to top and bottom, writing lines plummet or dry-point.

    Catchwords in lower center margin, last verso of each quire. Nineteenth-century arabic foliation in black ink.

    Written in a Italian Gothic script in black ink, red rubrics, some in Italian. Five historiated initials: f. 14 (Matins, Hours of the Virgin): 8-line initial D historiated with the Annunciation - Gabriel and Mary seated, Mary with prayerbook, Gabriel presents lilies, within a botanical [D] in dark salmon, red, blue, and green, within gold frame, full border of scrolling acanthus, gold berries, birds, animals, and grotesques; f. 134: Hours of the Passion - Christ emerging from the tomb, almost certainly by Liberale de Verona, in foliate [D] in colors, full border as f. 14; f. 175: Hours of the Cross - Christ emerging from the tomb, possibly the same artist as f. 14, same border; f. 188: Office of the Dead - corpse lying on bed, same artist as f. 14, same border; f. 259: Penitential Psalms - David with lyre, same artist and border as f. 14. Eighteen 4-line foliate initials in colors in gold frame (beginning all hours except Matins throughout). 2- to 3-line initials throughout in red with purple filigree or blue with red filigree.

    The calendar includes several saints of Sienese import, including St. Bernarrdinus of Siena (20 May), St. Cerbonius (10 October ), St. Ansanus (Dec. 1) and the Dedication of San Salvatore (9 November, possibly the Abbey of San Salvator in Siena). St. Nicolai de Tolentino (September 10, also found in the litany) was canonized in 1446, a reliable terminus post quem for the production of the manuscript. Although ths calendar does not include Catherine of Siena (can. 1461), it may post-date her canonization.

    Provenance

    Aimée Lamb (b. 1893 - d. 1989) and Rosamond Lamb (b. 1898 - d. 1989), Boston; 1979, gift of Aimee and Rosamond Lamb to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 13.4 x 11.2 cm (5 1/4 x 4 7/16 in.) Other (writing space): 6.3 x 4.5 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1979.494

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera, ink and gold on parchment; bindings of calfskin over bevelled boards, with gilding

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  • Christ Child

    German (Upper Rhine)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1430
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Germany, Alsace

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1921, Harry Fuld (b. 1879 - d. 1932), Frankfurt [see note 1]; by inheritance to his widow, Ida Maria Felsmann Fuld (b. 1884 - d. 1975), Frankfurt and London; consigned by Mrs. Fuld, through Wilhelm Henrich, Frankfurt, to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; 1970, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: January 14, 1970) NOTES: [1] It was first published by Georg Swarzenski, "Deutsche Alabasterplastik des 15. Jahrhunderts," Städel-Jahrbuch 1 (1921): 195, fig. 141. [2] Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA recommended the sculpture for purchase (January 14, 1970), writing: "Mrs. Fuld recently gave the figure on commission to Saemy Rosenberg in New York."

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    21.9 x 11.43 x 6.0 cm (8 5/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1970.10

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; polychrome alabaster

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  • Bowl

    English
    1750–80
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with flowers and butterflies.

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    7.6 cm (3 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.905

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

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  • Tartar

    German
    mid-18th century
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

    Object Place: Europe, Germany

    Description

    On squared modeled base with applied flowers. Long white robe, yellow sash, brown vest. Bird’s head hilted sword in black and gold scabbard hung on green ribbons; brown bow in left hand, arrow held under right arm, quiver on black strap across chest. Pink

    Markings

    Underglaze blue crossed swords on back of base.

    Provenance

    1956, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lesley Sheafer, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 12, 1956)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lesley Sheafer

    Details

    Dimensions

    20.64 cm (8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.274

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Covered tureen with stand and ladle

    Scottish
    about 1764–70
    Made at West Pans Factory (Scotland)

    Description

    One of a pair of covered tureens with stand and ladle. Decorated in underglaze blue with oriental scene of house in garden, overhandling tree; irregular borders, traces of oil gilding. Unmarked.

    Inscription

    "Jas. A. Lewis" (dealer) lable on stand and tureen.

    Provenance

    James A. Lewis, New York (dealer). By 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From December 27, 1972, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 x 22.9 x 19.7 cm (5 x 9 x 7 3/4 in.) Other (Parts A & B): 12.7cm (5in.) Other (Part C): 14cm (5 1/2in.) Other (Part D): 14 x 15.9cm (5 1/2 x 6 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.959a-c

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue and gilded decoration

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  • Two-handled drug jar

    Italian (Florence)
    Renaissance
    about 1427–31

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    A two-handled drug jar made for the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Ovoid body with two handles, decorated with manganese and cobalt blue, standing in relief on the surface.

    Possibly made in the workshop of Giunta da Tugio or of Maso and Miniato di Domenico, Florence. The emblem of the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, a green and purple crutch, is painted on the handles.


    Painted on each handle of this jar is a crutch, emblem of the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, for which the jar was made. (Master Site Plan 2D02, 2003)

    Provenance

    Made for the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, Florence, Italy. By 1885, with George B. Upton [see note 1]. 1923, bought by the MFA for $25. (Accession date: June 7, 1923) NOTES: [1] Lent by George B. Upton to the MFA on May 29, 1885 (MFA Loan 954 No.1).

    Credit Line

    The Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 23.5 cm (91/4 in.), diameter: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.268

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) with zaffera in rilievo decoration

    On View

    Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

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  • Basket

    English
    1758–75
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Openwork basket decorated in the center with the “Pine cone” pattern.

    Markings

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.2cm (2 7/16in.) Other (Overall): 21.9cm (8 5/8in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.889

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

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  • Sugar bowl and cover

    German
    about 1735
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

    Description

    A yellow-ground circular sugar bowl and cover with painted polychrome floral decoration within shaped cartouches outlined in black.

    Inscription

    Marks: crossed swords in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    March 1, 1993, sold from the Korthaus Collection at Christie's, London, lot 50 and bought by the MFA for the Rita and Frits Markus Collection [see note 1]. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

    Credit Line

    Rita and Frits Markus Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8 x 10.8 x 11.4 cm (3 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.229a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Apollo

    English (London)
    about 1751–52
    Made at Bow Manufactory (England)

    Description

    Apollo. On oval base washed green. Wears laurel wreath in light brown hair, yellow lined white scarf over right shoulder to left knee, pink tunic, red sandals. Carries lyre in both hands. Leans against plinth with vine of flowers. Glazing of base as on B

    Markings

    no mark

    Provenance

    By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 16.5 x 8.9 x 8.3 cm (6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.609

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Ecuelle

    French (Paris)
    1712
    Possibly by Pierre Jarrin

    Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

    Description

    An ecuelle and cover, the bowl plain with an engraved coat of arms, the handles with a curved outline ending in a shell, enclosing scrollwork and profile heads in roundels. The domed lid with a gadrooned edge, 2 rows of chased strapwork, and an engraved coat of arms. The knob spool-shaped with a female profile head in a roundel.

    Markings

    Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, PJ, a star (Nocq II p 353): Rim of bowl, undersides of both handles. Warden's Mark: 1712-1713, a crowned T (Dennis 203): Rim of bowl, underside of cover. Charge Mark: 1712-17, an A on an inverted crown (Dennis 359): Rim of bowl, underside of cover. Discharge Mark: 1712-17, a cock with raised right claw (Dennis 359): flange of lid. Other: Rectangular mark [boar's head ?] on flange of lid. Engraved "276" on undersdie of bowl. Engraved coats of arms [Count?].

    Provenance

    M. Marquis (d. by 1890), Paris; February 10-18, 1890, posthumous Marquis sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 110. Before 1914, M. Poulet. 1926, collection de Vatimesnil [see note 1]. June 18, 1956, sold by Au Vieux Paris (gallery), Paris to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (1898-1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993; gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (Accession date: May 26, 1993) NOTES: [1] Exhibited in 1926 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, cat. #293.

    Credit Line

    Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    11.4 x 30.9 x 18.8 cm (4 1/2 x 12 3/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.402a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; silver

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    Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)

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  • Baby's Rattle and Whistle

    English (Birmingham)
    1904–05
    Marked by John Hilliard, Marked by John Thomason

    Object Place: Europe, Birmingham, England

    Description

    The baluster whistle has a shaped mouthpiece, a spherical central section and a tapering handle. It is assembled from sheet and chased overall with stylized geometric medallions and foliage. Suspended on eyes around the circumference of the central section are six bells. The handle terminates in a loop through which a ring of ivory is supsended.

    Markings

    Near handle, maker's mark H&T (Jones, p. 346); anchor; lion passant; date letter e

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. Franklin A. Park to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 12, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Franklin A. Park

    Details

    Dimensions

    14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.) Weight: 493.3 gm (2 oz 7 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1975.283

    Medium or Technique

    Silver; Ivory

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  • Flower Vase

    vase hollandois nouveau ovale

    French
    1759
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

    Description

    One of a Pair with 65.1799a-b. The form of these vases is a variant of that of 65.1817-1819 (cat. no. 119). Each vase is composed of two parts. In each, the upper part is of shaped oval cross section. It tapers from a flared, undulating rim to a much narrower base pierced with holes that fits into a shaped oval stand. The stand rests on four feet and has four cartouche-shaped openings in the shoulder. The vases are decorated with a pink (rose) ground and, on the upper section, with a reserve of figures in a landscape and three subsidiary reserves of flowers over which interweaving husk pendants are painted in green and gold. Both stands are decorated with four reserves of flowers and similar green and gold husk pendants and garlands. The figural scene on 65.1799 depicts two men drinking and smoking pipes outside a tavern; on 65.1800, two seated men play cards outside a tavern or house. A gilt dentil band decorates the rim of each vase, tooled gilt bands enframes the reserves, and the molded edges of each vase and stand have been gilded.

    Inscription

    Vase : incised cn. Stand: interlaced Ls with a dot above and below where the Ls cros at top and bottom, enclosing date letter G, in blue enamel; incised cn.

    Provenance

    Until 1831, George William (b. 1758 - d. 1831), Seventh Earl of Coventry, Croome Court, Worcestershire, England; by descent within the family until 1874; June 12, 1874, Earl of Coventry sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 150 [see note 1], to Rutter [see note 2]. Until 1885, William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (b. 1817 - d. 1885), Park Lane, London; about 1885/1886, sold privately [see note 3]. 1895, William J. Goode, London; July 17, 1895, Goode sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 147, unsold; May 20, 1898, Goode sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 94b, to Pilkington. 1898, Asher Wertheimer, London [see note 3]. Duveen Brothers, New York. Until 1913, J. Pierpont Morgan (b. 1837 - d. 1913), New York (his inventory numbers P.M. 1743.A - 1743.D); 1913, by descent to J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr.; January 8, 1944, Morgan sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, lot 487, to Jas. A. Lewis & Son, New York, for Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] In this and the following 19th century auctions, the pair were sold as part of a garniture, with a vase and cover formed as a "vaisseau à màt;" the painted decoration was attributed to Morin. [2] According to a handwritten annotation in the auction catalogue. [3] Jeffrey H. Munger, "The Forsyth Wickes Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" (Boston, 1992), p. 174. The vases were not included in the Earl of Dudley sale in 1886.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.5 x 17.6 x 14.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 15/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1800b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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  • Saint Mary Magdalen

    Italian (Venice ?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    late 13th century?

    Object Place: Europe, Venice (?), Italy

    Description

    One of seven stained glass of saints and religious scenes.
    The plaques representing the Nativity, Saint Paul standing in three-quarter view (inscribed: S PAULUS), and a half length frontal figure of Saint Mary Magdalene (inscribed:.SCA MARIA MADALENA) are on purple glass. Those depicting the Annunciation, the Virgin and Child (of the Hodegetria type) under an arch (inscribed MH[TH]P O[EO]Y), a half-length frontal figure of Saint Mark are on dark-blue glass. The decoration and inscriptions are acid-etched, giving a rough, silvery surface to the glass. Gold leaf, in which modeling lines have been scratched, is applied on the front of the glass over the inscriptions, the framing gold bands, the hair and headdresses, the animals, and parts of the architecture and drapery (usually mantles). Thus, the designs depend on the interplay between the etched and gilded surfaces and are read best when placed against a dark ground.

    Provenance

    Probably until 1953, Prince Esterhàzy, Galanta, Hungary; 1953, probably sold by Ezterhàzy to Georges Wildenstein, Wildenstein and Co., New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to John Goelet, New York [see note 2]; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] This is suggested by notes in the MFA curatorial file. [2] See letter from Harry Brooks, President, Wildenstein and Co. to Nancy Netzer of the MFA (August 1, 1985; in MFA curatorial file).

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    2.9 x 4.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.685

    Medium or Technique

    Glass with gold leaf and lead borders

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  • Leaf from a Book of Hours

    Northwestern French
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1450–75

    Place of Manufacture: Northwestern France

    Description

    A single leaf from a Book of Hours (Hours of the Cross opening).

    1column of 12 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines in light red plummet, writing lines in light red plummet, doubled at left on verso.

    Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink fading to brown with red rubrics. Four-line historiated initial [D] on recto in salmon with white filigree highlights in gold frame, historiated with Adam and Eve in the garden. Text enclosed in wide ¾ frame of triangular compartments filled with flowers in colors on gold background. Full border of leafy sprays in colors and thin acanthus with fruit, gold berries, birds, human figures (Christ at upper left, Angel at upper right), marginal figure scraped away at right. Two-line initials in salmon with floral infill in gold frame. One-line initials in gold filled and surrounded by blue and salmon with white filigree highlights. Border on verso in outer margin only, as on recto but with no figures.

    Provenance

    By 2000, collection of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; 2000, bequest of Vivian Hawes. (Accession date: June 21, 2000)

    Credit Line

    The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 19.8 x 15.2 cm (7 13/16 x 6 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.728

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink with gold on parchment

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  • Saint John

    Spanish (Old Castille, Burgos?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    1280–90
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Private collection, Chateau d'Arbus, near Pau, France [see note 1]. Art market, France (?) [see note 2]. Possibly with Neumeister, Munich; possibly sold by Neumeister to the Hofgalerie, Vienna; 1967, sold by the Hofgalerie to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1967) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from Wolfgang Hofstätter, Hofgalerie, to Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA (December 18, 1967). [2] Notes in the curatorial file (October, 1982) indicate that Hanns Swarzenski recalled that the Hofgalerie had acquired this sculpture from Neumeister, Munich; before then it had been with an unknown French dealer. This has not been verified. Wolfgang Hofstätter first mentioned the sculpture in correspondence to the MFA on October 7, 1966.

    Credit Line

    Centennial Purchase Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    162.6 x 45.1 x 34.3 cm (64 x 17 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.767

    Medium or Technique

    Wood; lindenwood with polychromy

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  • Flower vase

    French (Paris)
    1863 or later
    Manufactured by Joseph Theodore Deck (French (Paris), 1823–1891), Designed by Emile Reiber (French, 1826–1923)

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Tri-lobed body on raised foot. Along shoulder, at interceses of lobes, are smaller lobed sections with openings at top. Short neck flares into a scalloped rim. Polychrome decoration consisting of blue strapwork with Islamic-inspired floral ornament in yellow gray and red on a white ground. Neck has blue interior.


    Deck, trained as a chemist and sculptor, was considered one of the most accomplished ceramicists of his time, greatly admired throughout Europe. His work was also exhibited in America, and a flower vase of this model was shown at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Deck developed a fascination for the patterns and colors of Iznik (Turkish) ceramics, and his studio became renowned for its work in the Iznik style.

    Provenance

    By 1999, purchased in England by Margot Johnson, Margot Johnson Inc., New York; 1999, sold by Margot Johnson to the MFA. (Accession date: March 24, 1999)

    Credit Line

    In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor

    Details

    Dimensions

    33.65 cm (13 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1999.5

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware with lead glazes and enamel decoration

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  • Book of Hours (for Female Use)

    French (possibly Amiens)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    mid-15th century

    Place of Manufacture: probably Amiens, France

    Description

    Book of Hours with 195 folios (ff.):

    ff. 1 - 6v: Calendar
    ff. 7 - 12: Gospel readings
    ff. 12v - 13v: [blank]
    ff. 14 - 35v: Hours of the Days of the Week
    (ff. 14 - 17v: [Hours of the Trinity, for Sunday])
    (ff. 17v - 20: [Hours of the Dead, for Monday])
    (ff. 21 - 23: [Hours of the Holy Spirit, for Tuesday, begins imperfectly])
    (ff. 23 - 26: [Hours of All Saints, for Wednesday])
    (ff. 26 - 29: [Hours of the Sacrament, for Thursday])
    (ff. 29 - 32: [Hours of the Cross, for Friday])
    (ff. 32v - 35v: [Hours of the Virgin, for Saturday])
    ff. 36 - 41v: Abbreviated temporale offices, in the format of Suffrages
    ff. 42 - 44v: Seven Last Words of Our Lord
    ff. 44v - 76v: Prayers, in Latin and French
    ff. 77 - 82v: Litanies (prose and metric) and prayers
    (ff. 78v - 82v: Prayers, in Latin)
    ff. 82v - 85v: Prayer of St. Augustine
    ff. 85v - 88: “Orison a nostre seigneur/ Mon trespuissant createur tres dous et tres debonaire…”
    ff. 88 - 94v: Prayers for Communion, in French
    ff. 94v - 106v: Brief prayers to “nostre seigneur” and “nostre dame,” including a prayer “Contre tonnoire” (f. 99v): “Mentem sanctam spontaneam et honorem…”
    ff. 107 - 137v: Prayers to the Virgin Mary, in French
    (ff. 136v - 137v: [blank])
    ff. 138 - 167: Suffrages
    ff. 167 - 171: Hours of St. Catherine
    ff. 171 - 174: Suffrages
    ff. 174 - 174v: Metric prayer to St. Avia, in French
    ff. 175 - 175v: Suffrage to St. Avia
    ff. 176 - 176v: Suffrage to St. Augustine of Hippo
    ff. 177 - 178v: Suffrages for Common of Virgins
    ff. 178v - 184: Prayer of Blessed Peter of Luxembourg
    ff. 184v - 188: Mass to ward off the plague: “Missa contra pestem epidimie”
    ff. 188 - 195: Later additions, in French
    (ff. 188 - 190: Sachies certainement que il vest coze plus convenable a noble creature…/…amours cest li sains esperis qui est li amours du pere et du fil.)
    (f. 190v: On scet per IIII cozes quant dieux est glorefies en lame…/…pour nulle sustraction.)
    (ff. 190v - 192: Les XX poins/ Tant que propos de vous retrire…/…et que pour lun de ces XX poins.)
    (ff. 192v - 195: Chi apries sensievent IX biens fais li quell plaisent a dieu…/Donnes 1 denier pour lamour…/..et tu cascun iour la rousaisse de cler sanc de ton corps.)
    f. 195v: [blank]

    1 column of 13 text lines in Latin and French. Bounding lines in red plummet, full-length to all edges, writing lines in light red plummet, top line doubled and full-length to inner and outer edges, prickings preserved in outer edge for writing lines, upper and lower edges for bounding lines.

    Catchwords in cursive or bookhand, lower right of last verso, some trimmed. Modern Arabic foliation in pencil.

    Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink by at least three hands: f. 1-6; ff. 7 - 188 line 4; ff. 188 - end. Red rubrics, with some rubricator guides extant. ff. 1 - 188: two-line initials throughout in gold leaf on paneled background of blue and salmon with white filigree highlights; one-line in-text initials throughout alternating blue with red filigree or gold with black; line fillers blue and red. ff. 188 and following by a lesser artist; 2-line initials blue with red filigree and one-line in-text initials in blue with red filigree or red with black. Seven three-line initials in blue with white filigree highlights on gold background with floral infill in colors, with a square serpentine ¾-frame around text in colors on gold background with floral infill, full borders of thin black vines, gold leaves, acanthus and flowers in colors (on ff. 36, 107, 138, 148, 156, 166, and 172). These pages were illuminated by a different artist than the remainder of the volume. Each is at the beginning of a quire and usually, though not always, at the beginning of a text.

    Eight six- to seven-line historiated initials in red or blue with white highlights on a gold background with black vines and gold leaves into margin: f. 14 (the Hours of the Trinity, for Sunday): the Throne of Mercy, in the letter [D] - God the father seated on a blue-draped altar holding crucified Christ, gold background with incised floral pattern; f. 17v (The Hours of the Dead, for Monday): three monks singing from a scroll behind a blue-draped altar, two candles in front, one behind, in the letter [R]; (lacking initial for the Hours of the Holy Spirit, for Tuesday); f. 23 (Hours of All Saints, for Wednesday): a group of standing saints in the letter [D]; f. 26 (the Hours of the Sacrament, for Thursday): red-robed priest holding a monstrance, in the letter [D]; f. 29 (the Hours of the Cross, for Friday): the Crucifixion, with the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, on a “gold scrolls”-style background, in the letter [D]; f. 32v (the Hours of the Virgin, for Saturday): the Annunciation, on a “gold-scrolls”-style background, in the letter [D] - Mary kneels behind a reading desk with an open book, a vase of lilies in the foreground, the Angel Gabriel to the left with banderole; f. 165 (suffrage for St. Francis): St. Francis with stigmata, on a “gold-scrolls”-style background, in the letter [O].

    Three large miniatures, with full borders of black vines and gold leaves with a few small colored flowers.

    Binding: 15th-century blind-stamped, -tooled, and -incised calf over boards. One of the stamps (partially illegible) includes the word “valle.” Lacking clasps and straps. Rebacked, 19th-century laid-on spine gilt in compartments, title label, gilt, reads “P[ ]A/T[ ]R.” Braided endbands. Parchment pastedowns.

    Probably produced in Amiens. The calendar includes in red northern French saints such as Remigius (1 Oct.), Piatus (1 Oct.), Martin (11 Nov.), and Eligius and his translation (25 June and 2 Dec.). Also of note are the translation of St. Walaricus (1 April, a date used primarily in Amiens), and the feast of St. Avia (21 Oct.)

    The phrase “famulae tuae” on f. 79 and the inclusion of a prayer to the Virgin for the use of a woman in labor both indicate that the manuscript was made for the use of a young woman, in particular a young mother. The two major suffrages on ff. 175 and 176, to St. Avia and St. Augustine of Hippo, both accompanied by ¾-page miniatures, are of particular importance. While St. Avia was a saint of great import throughout the North of France, she was also a patron of small children, a fact which may have made her of particular interest to the young mother who first owned the manuscript. While he was a saint of widespread veneration, the inclusion of a lengthy suffrage to St. Augustine and full-length portrait singles him out as of particular importance to the original owner of the manuscript. His legendary status as a devoted son may have made him a patron to that devout young mother.

    Inscription

    On folio 195 are two identical early inscriptons recording a death in 1480: "Gilles de Drue trespassa de che monde. Et fut le jour da la magdalaine. Dieux ayt son ame sil luy plaist. Priies dieu pour son ame Et fut le xxiie jour de juillet mil iiiic et iiiixx" ("Gilles de Drue passed from this world. And it happened on the Day of the Magdalene. May God have his soul if it pleases him. Pray to God for his soul. And it happened on the 22nd day of July, 1480"). The placename "Drue" may be the modern town of Le Dreue, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Amiens. Said in a laid-down inscription inside upper cover to have belonged to the English nunnery of St. Ethelreda on the island of Ely, but this cannot be confirmed.

    Provenance

    By 1480, produced in northern France, possibly in Amiens, for a female patron [see note 1]. Possibly at nunnery of St. Ethelreda, island of Ely, England [see note 2]. 1944, gift of Mrs. Sumner Pingree to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1944) NOTES: [1] On folio 195 are two identical early inscriptons recording a death in 1480: "Gilles de Drue trespassa de che monde. Et fut le jour da la magdalaine. Dieux ayt son ame sil luy plaist. Priies dieu pour son ame Et fut le xxiie jour de juillet mil iiiic et iiiixx" ("Gilles de Drue passed from this world. And it happened on the Day of the Magdalene. May God have his soul if it pleases him. Pray to God for his soul. And it happened on the 22nd day of July, 1480"). The placename "Drue" may be the modern town of Le Dreue, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Amiens. [2] Noted in a laid-down inscription inside upper cover to have belonged to the English nunnery of St. Ethelreda on the island of Ely, but this cannot be confirmed.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Sumner Pingree

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 21 x 15 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    44.862

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera, ink, pencil (modern), and gold on parchment; bindings of calf over boards with gilding and metal and parchment pastedowns

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  • Dish

    Dutch
    around 1700

    Description

    Pinkish white ground, a yellow and blue peacock in center, lobed rim with border of pomegranates. No Mark.

    Inscription

    Octagonal paper label with green printed border, inscribed in ink: "K no. 247 / Delft"

    Provenance

    By 1903, George Washington Wales; 1903, bequest by George Washington Wales to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 15, 1903)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of George Washington Wales

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.4 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm (2 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    03.365

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware

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  • Epergne

    English (London)
    1848 or 1849
    Marked by John Samuel Hunt (died in 1 died in 1865)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The centerpiece rests on a shaped triangular base with a pair of lion’s feet at each corner. The base is assembled from sheet, and the lion’s feet are thinly cast. An oval plaque with a chased scrolled frame is bolted to each side of the triangle. The stem of the epergne is modeled in the form of a complex rocky base supporting a twisted grapewine. The branches and leaves interwine at the top to form a support for the fluted cut-glass bowl. The branches are cast in many sections and roughly assembled. Two putti are bolted to the rocky base, one standing, the other reclining and wearing a crown of grapes and raising a wine cup. A third putto leans down from the vines above, holding a cluster of grapes. The figures, each cast in several pieces, have an etched surface.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on two cartouches on the base, arms, crest and motto of Lowell. INSCRIPTIONS: engraved in cartouche on the base, the initials of John Amory Lowell in cipher; engraved on underside of base, john Amory Lowell May 3rd 1848 from his grateful friend Mary Booth; John Amory Lowell/1798-1881/John Lowell/1824-1897/John Lowell/1856-1922; stamped on rim of base, HUNT & ROSKELL LATE STORR MORTIMER & HUNT

    Markings

    On edge of rocky base, maker's mark ISH(Culme 8350)(repeated on underside of base) lion passant (repeated on underside of base and all original nuts); leopard's head; date letter n; sovereign's head (repeated on underside of base)

    Provenance

    Given in 1848 by Mary Boott to John Amory Lowell (1798-1881), who married Susan Cabot Lowell, to their son John Lowell (1824-1897), who married Lucy B. Emerson, to their son John Lowell (1856-1922), who married Mary Emlen Hale, to their son Ralph Lowell (1890-1978), who married Charlotte Loring (1897-1984), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lowell to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lowell

    Details

    Dimensions

    Weight: 4,862 gm (156 oz 6 dwt)

    Accession Number

    64.128a-c

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, glass

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  • Chair

    Austrian (Vienna)
    about 1903
    Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian (born in Pirnitz, Moravia), 1870–1956), Manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte (1903–1932)

    Object Place: Europe, Austria

    Description

    Oak, leather upholstery. Angular design of straight stiles rising to square back formed by inset square with two stepped borders. Slightly trapezoidal seat widening at front. Leather upholstered slip seat.


    Hoffman developed a severe geometric style in his furniture productions in the early twentieth century, eschewing any reference to the current Art Nouveau style. He was much influenced by the geometric designs, elongated forms, and pierced decoration of the great Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The dominant ornamental motif used by both designers was the square. The oak of this chair has been stained black and then painted with a lime solution to reveal the grain of the wood-one of Hoffman’s most characteristic finishes.

    Provenance

    1987, Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York; sold by Barry Friedman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1987)

    Credit Line

    William E. Nickerson Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    91.4 x 46.4 cm (36 x 18 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.188

    Medium or Technique

    Oak; leather upholstery

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  • Bible

    French
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1250–1300

    Place of Manufacture: Europe, Northern France

    Description

    A Bible with 471 folios (ff.) and 7 leaves:

    ff. 1 - 426v: Bible, Old and New Testaments, most with the common prologues: Pentateuch; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; Kings I-IV; I Chron.; II Chron.; Ezra; Nehemiah; Tobias; Judith; Esther; Job; Psalms; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Cantica Canticorum; Sapientia; Ecclesiasticus; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Baruch; Ezechiel; Daniel; Minor Prophets; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Jonah; Micah; Nahum; Habbacuc (called “Baruch”); Zephaniah; Haggai; Zacharias; Malachi; Maccabees; II Macc.; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Romans; I Cor.; II Cor.; Galatians; Ephesians; Phillipp.; Laodicians.; Collosians; I Thess.; II Thess.; I Timothy; II Timothy; Titus; Philemon; Hebrews; Acts; Canonical epistles; James; I Peter; II Peter; I John; II John; III John; Jude; Apocalypse.

    ff. 426v - 464: Jerome’s index to the Bible
    f. 464v: [blank]
    ff. 465 - 469v: III Ezra
    ff. 470 - 471v: 15th-century additions: summary of epistle and gospel lections for temporale; list of books of the Bible in order (possibly a mnemonic).

    2 columns of 50 text lines in Latin. Boundings lines brown plummet, doubled and full-length to all edges, writing lines are in brown plummet and do not cross intercolumnar space, prickings preserved in lower margin for bounding lines.

    Sixty-nine 2- to 10-line historiated initials with grotesques, flora and fauna in colors, bar extensions into margins, historiated as follows: f. 1: 8-line historiated [F] showing Jerome writing, in blue and salmon with bar extending length of outer margin; f. 3: full-length [I] historiated with the seven days of creation in seven roundels; f. 20 (Ex.): Man and Moses in doorway; f. 33v (Lev.): Offering; f. 43v (Num.): Moses holding tablets, head of God in clouds; f. 57 (Deut.): Man watching Moses place the tablets in the ark; f. 71 (Joshua): Joshua holding scroll speaks to God, three men stand behind him; f. 79 (Judges): head of God, two seated men; f. 89 (Ruth): Elimelech and Naomi with infant and child; f. 91 (I Kings): Anna and Elcana praying; f. 103v (II Kings): David orders beheading of Amalekite; f. 113v (III Kings): Attendant brings Abishag to David; f. 125v (IV Kings): Ahaziah falling from the tower; f. 136v (I Chron.): three Israelites seated; f. 147v (II Chron.): God addressing Solomon; f. 160 (I Ezra): Cyrus overseeing the construction of Jerusalem; f. 163v (Neh.): Nehemiah giving gold cup to Artaxerxes; f. 168v (Tob.): Tobit and the swallow; f. 172v (Judith): Judith beheading Holofernes; f. 177 (Esther): Esther receiving the scepter from Ahasuerus; f. 182 (Job): Job on dungheap observed by his wife and two others; f. 191 (Psalm 1): David with harp; f. 194 (Ps. 26): David with book, addressing God; f. 196 (Ps. 38): David debating the devil; f. 198 (Ps. 52): the fool; f. 200 (Ps. 68): two compartments, God above and David naked in a boat on the water below; f. 202 (Ps. 80): David playing the bells; f. 204v (Ps. 97): three monks singing at a lectern; f. 206v (Ps. 109): Trinity; f. 211 (Prov.): Solomon teaching seated crowd; f. 217v (Ecclesiastes): Solomon with youth; f. 220 (Cant.): Virgin and child; f. 221v (Sap.): Solomon with soldier; f. 226v (Ecclesiasticus), elderly Hebrew sitting beneath a fruit tree; f. 240 (Isaiah), Isaiah sawn; f. 256 (Jerem.): Jeremiah with boiling cauldron; f. 275v (Lam.): Jeremiah laments Jerusalem; f. 277v (Baruch): Baruch writing; f. 280 (Ezech.): Ezechiel in bed with vision of the tetramorph; f. 298 (Daniel): Daniel in the lion’s den; f. 305v (Hos.): Hosea and Gomer; f. 308 (Joel): Joel preaching to crowd; f. 309 (Amos): Amos with sheep and head of God; f. 311 (Obad.): Obadiah seated, addressing crowd; f. 311v (Jonah): two compartments, Jonah on the boat above, and being spit out by the whale below; f. 312v (Micah): Micah with scroll outside city; f. 314 (Nah.): Nahum preaching; f. 315 (Hab.): Habbakuk holding a rock and a vase; f. 316 (Zeph.): Zephaniah holding a scroll, speaking to God; f. 317 (Hagg.): Haggai standing with book; f. 318 (Zech.): Zechariah holding scroll, speaking to God; f. 322 (Mal.): Malachi with scroll, preaching to a tonsured and robed man; f. 323 (Macc.): Knight on horseback; f. 334 (II Macc.): Seated man with staff, standing man with spear; f. 342 (Mt.): tree of Jesse; f. 352 (Mk. prologue): winged lion; f. 352v (Mk.): Mark; f. 359 (Lk.): Zechariah censing the altar; f. 370v (John): John with scroll; f. 379v (Rom.): Christ and Paul; ff. 384, 388, 391, 392, 393v (I Cor., II Cor., Gal., Eph., Phillip.): Paul delivering the epistle to a crowd; 394v (Laodic.): Paul enthroned; ff. 395, 396, 397 (Col, I Thess., II Thess.): Paul delivering the epistle to a crowd; f. 397v (I Tim.): Paul dictating, scribe writing; ff. 398v, 399v, 400 (II Tim., Titus, Phil.): Paul delivering the epistle to a crowd; f. 400v (Heb.): Paul preaching to the Hebrews; f. 404 (Acts): Ascension; f. 416 (James): James; f, 417 (I Peter): Peter enthroned, holding key; f. 418 (II Peter): Peter standing, holding key; f. 419 (I John): John, tonsured, writing; ff. 420, 420v (II and III John): John seating reading epistle; f. 420v (Jude): Jude standing, reading epistle; f. 421 (Apoc.): John writing with buildings in background (7 churches of Asia?); f. 465 (III Ezra): Josias kneeling with cup before king. Two-line filigree intials throughout alternating blue with red or vice versa.

    Binding: Mid-18th-century gilt-rolled and -tooled French red morocco over boards, spine gilt in compartments with brown morocco leather label gilt-stamped “BIBLIA/ MANUSCRIPTA,” gilt fillet board edges and turn-ins, flyleaves 2 and 3 and their counterparts at the end of the manuscript are old paper with watermark “AMOSIN/ FIN” in front and “FARGE MD” in back, all edges gilt.

    Inscription

    f. 464: Colophon: "Dextram scribentis Benedicat lingua ligentis. Finito libro sit laus et Gloria cristo. Gloria iesu." French dealer's notes presenting the manuscript and describing the printing process, dated 1744, on f. i (parchment flyleaf); Bookplate of Matthias Bruen (1793 - 1829, New York City, NY) with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover; late nineteenth-century English notes (possibly Bruen's) on second paper flyleaf; MFA bookplate inside front cover.

    Provenance

    1744, with a French dealer [see note 1]. Matthias Bruen (b. 1793 - d. 1829), New York [see note 2]; by descent to his daughter, Frances Davenport Bruen (Mrs. Charles C. Perkins; b. 1825 - d. 1909), Boston [see note 3]; 1909, to her son, Charles Bruen Perkins (b. 1860 - d. 1929) and his wife, Elizabeth Ward Perkins (b. 1873 - d. 1954), Boston; 1922, sold by Elizabeth W. Perkins to the MFA for $1500 [see note 4]. (Accession Date: March 2, 1922) NOTES: [1] Notes found on the parchment flyleaf. [2] Bookplate of Matthias Bruen with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover. [3] From 1895 until 1909, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Mrs. Charles C. Perkins. Following her death, ownership was transferred to her son and heir Charles B. Perkins. [4] MFA accession numbers 22.375-22.379 were purchased together for $1500.

    Credit Line

    Frank S. Adams Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 17.9 x 13.2 cm (7 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    22.375

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of French red morocco leather over boards with gilding and compartments with brown morocco leather

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  • Fruit trencher

    English
    1575–1600

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Set of twelve Elizabethan roundels in beechwood, one side decorated in polychrome and gold floral, leaf, fruit and scroll devices encircling quotations from the Bible, one with a Death’s head; contained in turned beechwood box retaining traces of original decoration.

    Provenance

    Until 1971, Stair & Company, Williamsburg, VA; January 22, 1071, sold by Stair & Company to Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch), Warner, NH; gift of Edith l. Welch to the MFA. (Accession date: March 22, 2000)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch) in honor of Ellenor M. Alcorn and Jeffrey H. Munger

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.588.9

    Medium or Technique

    Wood; polychromed beechwood

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  • Christ or Apostle

    German (Lower Swabia)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1490
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Probably before 1935, Detlinger, Freiburg, Germany [see note 1]; sold by Detlinger to Siegfried J. Thannhauser (b. 1885 - d. 1962), Munich and Brookline, MA; 1963, bequest of Siegfried J. Thannhauser to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 8, 1963) NOTES: [1] Dr. Thannhauser immigrated to the Boston area in 1935. According to Edward R. Lubin's appraisal of his collection (February 14, 1962), this sculpture was purchased from Detlinger, Freiburg-im-Breisgau.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser in memory of his wife Franziska Peiner Thannhauser

    Details

    Dimensions

    88.9 x 26.0 x 20.0 cm (35 x 10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    63.587

    Medium or Technique

    Wood; lindenwood with polychromy

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  • Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science

    French (Paris)
    About 1899
    Louis-Ernest Barrias (French, 1841–1905)

    Description

    Bronze with various surface patinations. Female figure, holding silvered veil away from face with both hands; breast and shoulders are naked (and gilt, as are face and hands); drapery under breast held by silvered scarab; drapery flows to bare, gilt feet.


    This allegorical statue presents Nature as a woman wrapped in a cloak that she lifts from her upper body to reveal her face and breasts. Mystery is evoked by the veil and the action of unveiling. Luxury is conveyed by the rich and varied surface colors, which include green, silver, and gold. The figure’s sinuous pose and the fine folds of the drapery reflect the naturalistic patterns typical of the Art Nouveau style.

    Signed

    Signed at the proper left edge of the base “E. Barrias” in script with an underscore line.

    Markings

    Cold stamp of the foundry inscribed at the inside edge of a circle “SUSSE FRERES EDITEURS·PARIS·” at the proper right edge of the base with a stamped “P” to the right of the circle.

    Provenance

    1974, sold by Michael Hall Fine Arts, New York, to the MFA. (Accession date: June 12, 1974)

    Credit Line

    Edwin E. Jack Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 58.4 x 23 x 15.5 cm (23 x 9 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.413

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze with various patinations, some areas silvered or gilded before patination

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    Europe

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    Sculpture

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  • Covered Soup Tureen

    English (London)
    1726–27
    Marked by Paul Crespin (1694–1770)

    Object Place: London

    Description

    Markings

    No. 1 Struck under base and on interior of cover with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1726-7) and with maker's mark of Paul Crespin under base. No. 2 Struck under base and on cover flange with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter of 1726-7) and with maker's mark of Paul Crespin under base.

    Provenance

    Made for Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773). By 1989, with E. & C.T. Koopman Ltd, London; 1989, most probably sold by E. & C.T. Koopman to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (both): 26.6 x 35.6 x 25.4 cm (10 1/2 x 14 x 10 in.) Weight: no. 1: 137 oz 4 dwt (4269 g) no.2: 138 oz 14 dwt (4314 g)

    Accession Number

    2001.31.2a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Figure of Saint Barbara

    German (Lower Bavaria)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1520
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Regensburg, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Acquired from I. and S. Goldschmidt, Frankfurt, by Otto H. Kahn (b. 1867 - d. 1934), New York; 1934, to the Mogmar Art Foundation, New York [see note 1] and consigned to Duveen Brothers, New York; 1945, sold by Duveen to the MFA for $1200 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: May 10, 1945) NOTES: [1] That this sculpture was acquired from Goldschmidt is according to an inventory of the Mogmar Art Foundation (June 26, 1934) on file at the Getty Research Institute (Duveen Brothers Records, Box 472), cat. no. MAF 33. The Mogmar Art Foundation was a private corporation that kept parts of Kahn's art collection after his death. Pieces from the collection were stored with Duveen, New York, beginning in June, 1934.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group

    Details

    Dimensions

    83.18 x 22.9 x 21.0 cm (32 3/4 x 9 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    45.474

    Medium or Technique

    Wood with polychromy

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Lamentation

    Austrian (Salzburg)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1415
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1959, acquired in Paris by Count Ernst Otto von Solms-Laubach (b. 1890 - d. 1977), Frankfurt [see note 1]; 1961, sold by Solms-Laubach, through Wilhelm Henrich, Frankfurt, to the MFA for $5,000. (Accession Date: January 11, 1961) NOTES: [1] Hanns Swarzenski, "Eine Beweinungsgruppe des weichen Stils in Boston," in Studien zur Geschichte der europäischen Plastik. Festschrift Theodor Müller (Munich, 1965), p. 113, noted that Solms-Laubach bought the sculpture on the Paris art market and took it to Frankfurt. Discussion between Solms-Laubach and the MFA regarding its sale began in 1959.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    27.94 x 57.2 x 20.3 cm (11 x 22 1/2 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.158

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone, biosparite, with traces of polychromy

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Small Spoon

    English (London)
    1775–82
    Marked by William Sumner (I) and Richard Crossley (entered into partnership in 1775)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    Each forged teaspoon has a shallow oval bowl with a plain drop and flattened stem with a ridged Hanoverian end.

    Inscription

    Engraved on front end of the handle,"S / I*A"

    Markings

    On back of stem of each, maker's mark WS over RC (Grimwade 3334); lion passant; an unidentified mark, H with part of a pellet to the right in a square.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour(1833-1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 2.3 cm (7/8 in.); L. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.); Weight: 11.3 gm ( 7 dwt)

    Accession Number

    RES.33.104

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Leaf from the Corpus Juris Civilis, Codex Justinianus

    Leaf from the Collection of Civil Laws, Book of Justinian

    French
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1250–1300
    Author of text Emperor Justinian I (483?–565)

    Place of Manufacture: Europe, France

    Description

    A leaf from the Codex Justinianus, containing the Corpus Juris Civilis, a collection of civil laws.

    Corpus Juris Civilis 2:12:12 - 2:31
    Ecce ennuis cui mandatum est ut petat…/…vel si fuit minora restituendi. Venit…

    2 columns of 66 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines in blind, writing lines in blind, crossing intercolumnar space, prickings along inner margin, for writing lines.

    Catchword “e contrarium” in center of lower margin verso.

    Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics. At rubrics, three-line intials alternate blue stroked red or vice versa. Paragraph marks throughout alternate red and blue. Initials and paragraph marks at the beginning of a line have red and blue filigree running the entire length of all vertical margins (in outer margins, filigree begins at paragraph marks near the end of the line).

    Provenance

    By 1913, bought in Munich by Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917) NOTES: [1] From 1913 until it was accessioned, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Dr. Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 34.8 x 21.1 cm (13 11/16 x 8 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.567

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Jug

    Wine pitcher

    Dutch (Delft)
    about 1650
    Mounts marked by Augustinus Brunsvelt (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)

    Object Place: Europe, Delft, The Netherlands

    Description

    The thrown baluster-shaped jug has a straight-sided neck with a slightly extended spout above double bands of ribbing and a pinched waist, which flares to a wide shoulder. The bulbous body tapers from the shoulder to a band of triple ribbing, which joins the foot to the body of the jug. A high loop handle with a small terminal is joined to the body at the neck above the ribbing and to the lower half of the jug just below the shoulder. The silver lid is of teardrop shape, the central section raised and engraved with the coat of arms of the Alyva Meckema- Van Eysinga families. A single engraved line follows the outline of the flat lower edge of the lid. The silver thumbpiece is formed as a pair of wing-like objects atop an L-shaped hinge, which is joined to an engraved and shaped mount affixed to the top of the handle by a smaller hinge. The unmarked silver base rim consists of three decorative bands: a plain outer band, a raised and vertically ribbed central band, and an upper band with the leaf-shaped and engraved prongs, which are bent over the lower edge of the foot of the jug. The interior of the jug is glazed and the foot unglazed.

    Markings

    (1) on base, incised: five parallel lines (2) on inside of lid, struck: town mark of Leeuwarden, date letter b for 1653, maker's mark AB conjoined for Augustinus Brunsvelt (3) on underside of silver thumbpiece, engraved: five parallel lines (4) on base, incised: V

    Provenance

    By 1980, Rita and Frits Markus, New York and Chatham, MA; 1983, year-end gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 24.2 x 14cm (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.) Other (Without cover): 22.4cm (8 13/16 in.) Other (at base): 9.4cm (3 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.596

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware with silver lid and foot rim

    On View

    Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)

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    Europe

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    Earthenware

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  • Caster

    English (London)
    1725–26
    Marked by Paul de Lamerie (Dutch (active in England) 1688–1751)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under base with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1725-6) and with maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie; the cover of the larger caster with lion's head erased and maker's mark.

    Provenance

    Made for Thomas Secker, Bishop of Oxford, Archibishop of Canterbury (b. 1683 - d. 1768). Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929); February 28, 1991, sold by the 5th Earl of Rosebery's Trust Settlement at Sotheby's, London, lot 207, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (of largest): 23 x 9 x 9 cm (9 1/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.) Weight: 50 oz (1568g)

    Accession Number

    2001.47.3a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (Britannia standard)

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

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  • Candlestick

    English (London)
    1751–53
    Marked by John Cafe (first mark entered 1740, died about 1757)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    Each candlestick has a fluted hexafoil base with a scallop shell on each corner. From a circle at the center of the base the baluster stem rises to a flattened knop and a flaring, fluted mid section. The nozzle is urn-shaped. The waxpan is hexagonal, with scallop shells at each corner. The bases are cast in a single piece. The stems are hollow-cast in two pieces and seamed vertically. 58.377 has been repaired on the midsection of the stem, possible contemporary with manufacture. The snuffers are of scissors form, with silver handles and steel blades. The cast silver handles have flattened oval rings for grips and scrolled arms riveted to the steel blade just above the point of crossing. One part of the blade has a curved pan with a deep rim, and the other arm has a flat blade fitted to the pan. The snuffers are raised on three small feet. The bow-shaped tray rests on four trefoil feet and has a complex molded border cast with shells at intervals. A cast double-scroll hanlde is located at the center of one side. One of the legs has been repaired.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on nozzle of each candlestick, on each waxpan and on the handle of the snuffer tray, the crest of Cary for Samuel Cary (1731-1769), of Charlestown, Massachusetts. INSCRIPTIONS: engraved around the base of each candlestick and on the tray: "The Gift of Zachy. Bourrijan & / Hungerford Spooner / Esqrs. to Captn. Saml. Cary 1726".

    Markings

    On underside, maker's mark IC (Grimwade 1228); lion passant (repeated on nozzle); leopard's head crowned; date letter r

    Provenance

    Probably Samuel Cary, by descent to Richard Cary Curtis, Brookline, Ma., Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis

    Details

    Dimensions

    H.21.9 cm x W. 13.8 cm x D. 13.8 (8 5/8 x 5 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.); Weight: 569.8 gm (18 oz)

    Accession Number

    58.377

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Table Cabinet

    German (Augsburg)
    about 1580–1600

    Description

    The cabinet is composed of a drop front and lid which when open reveal eight drawers and four small doors. The underlying carcase is constructed of oak with an inner carcase composed of a softwood. The divides between the drawers and compartments are also a softwood faced on the front edges with hardwood veneers. The carcase wood of the drop front and lid is a softwood. All surfaces of the chest including the interior drawers and doors are decorated with a combination of marquetry and intarsia composed of a variety of European woods. The distinctive material used on this cabinet is the green mottled colored veneer which resembles marble. This material is produced by gluing together wood shavings of different woods to form a composite which is then cut to form a veneer in a technique called “Spänemarmorierung” which is often found on Augsburg cabinets. The green wood on the inside of the cabinet is probably a green fungus stained wood which has been previously reported on Augsburg cabinets.


    Beginning in the mid-sixteenth century, cabinetmakers in the south German city of Augsburg specialized in table cabinets intended for the storage of small, precious objects such as exotic shells, medals, jewelry, and statuettes. These luxury cabinets were decorated entirely with colorful marquetry depicting fantastic townscapes, classical ruins, rabbits, dogs, cloaked figures, and a range of ornamental motifs drawn from contemporary German prints.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Southern France [see note 1]; By 2001, Galerie Neuse, Bremen, Germany; 2001 sold by Galerie Neuse to the MFA. (Accession date: December 12, 2001) NOTES: [1] In a letter to the MFA, September 21, 2001, Volker Wurster, dealer of the Galerie Neuse, writes that the family from whom the gallery purchased the cabinet claims it remained within the family and that no change of ownership took place between 1933-1945.

    Credit Line

    Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

    Details

    Dimensions

    57 x 92.5 x 41 cm (22 7/16 x 36 7/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.706

    Medium or Technique

    Wood; oak and pine veneered with maple, cherry, beech, and other woods, gilt brass, iron

    On View

    Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

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  • A Suitable Case

    Case for London Papardelle

    English (London)
    1994
    Ron Arad (English (born in Israel, 1951))

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    Chair: woven polished stainless steel mesh and blackened mild steel. Crate: plywood with metal hinge and screws. Low chair formed from a continuous section of woven polished stainless steel mesh; its sides edged with blackened mild steel. A flexible section of mesh overhangs the top of the chair back. The foot consists of another elongated section of mesh which can be rolled up to form a footrest. Crate is veneered plywood; its shape conforms to that of the chair. The upper and lower sections are hinged at the foot.

    Provenance

    Sold by the artist's agent, Theo Theodorou, Dulwich, London to the MFA. (Accession date: April 14, 1994)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    107.31 x 44.13 x 119.06 cm (42 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 46 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1994.72.2a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Contemporary Art, Europe

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    Furniture

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  • Virgin and child with lilies

    Italian (Florence)
    Renaissance
    about 1460–70
    Attributed to Luca della Robbia (Italian, Florence, 1399 or 1400–1482)

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Blue, white and green with gold halos. Terracotta.


    Luca della Robbia was famous for the invention and perfection of glazed terra cotta sculpture. This technique allowed the sculptor to model in the inexpensive medium of clay. Firing in a kiln imparted durability to the clay and additional firing with pigmented tin glazes achieved a lasting brilliance and purity of color. The della Robbia family workshop produced many reliefs representing the Virgin and Child: this one shows Mary as the Madonna of Humility, with the Christ Child reaching out for lilies, a symbol of the Virgin’s purity.

    Provenance

    Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 48 x 38cm (18 7/8 x 14 15/16in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1476

    Medium or Technique

    Glazed terracotta

    On View

    Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

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    Europe

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  • Candlestick

    Dutch (Delft)
    1674–86
    Made at Greek A Factory (active 1657-1818), Mark of Samuel van Eenhoorn (Dutch), proprietor, The Greek A Factory (born 1655; active 1674–1686; died 1686)

    Object Place: Europe, Delft, The Netherlands

    Description

    White with decoration in blue, groups of figures in Chinese style.


    The Greek A factory was one of dozens of potteries in the Netherlands, mainly in Delft, which produced earthenware ceramics with an opaque white glaze. This pottery, generally known as Delftware, imitated East Asian porcelain, especially the Chinese blue-and-white wares imported in large numbers by the Dutch East India Company.

    Markings

    hand-drawn mark "SVE", VIII, in blue.

    Provenance

    1908, gift of Seth K. Sweetser. (Accession date: May 1, 1908)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Seth K. Sweetser

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25 x 19.5 cm (9 13/16 x 7 11/16 in.) Other (Overall): 19.6cm (7 11/16in.)

    Accession Number

    08.475

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware with cobalt decoration

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

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  • Candlestick

    English (London)
    1742–43
    Marked by Phillips Garden (active 1738–1762)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under bases with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1742-3), and with maker's mark of Phillips Garden.

    Provenance

    George D. Widener, Philadelphia (d. 1912); after his death by descent to a "Florida Collector"; April 29, 1986, sold by a "Florida Collecter" at Christie's, New York, lot 178. Spink & Son Ltd, London; by 1996, most probably sold by Spink & Son to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 22 x 12.6 x 12.6 cm (8 11/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.) Weight: 98 oz 2 dwt (3054g)

    Accession Number

    2001.125.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Toy Saucepan

    English (London)
    about 1720
    Marked by David Clayton (free 1689)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The saucepan has a flat base and a flaring rim. It is formed from seamed sheet with an applied wire around the foot. The turned wooden handle is mounted on a cylindrical socket.

    Markings

    On underside, maker's mark DC (Grimwade 452); lion passant, (struck twice).

    Provenance

    John S. Barnet, Shreve, Crump & Low, Co., Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: December 8, 1955)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 3 cm x W. 9.3 cm x D. 4.6 cm (1 3/16 x 3 11/16 x 1 13/16 in.); Weight: 17 gm (11 dwt)

    Accession Number

    55.975

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, wood, ivory

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Tazza

    Italian (Urbino)
    Renaissance
    1550–1600
    Maker Unidentified

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Decorated with scene of two armed men fighting in landscape with red, yellow, green, and light blue. Inscription on tree trunk: ARMAT RADON LANDO RALAOINO. Edge restored

    Provenance

    By 1890, Louisa Dumaresq Perkins Hunt (d. 1897) [see note 1]; 1897, after her death, by descent to her children, Elinor Hunt Diederich, Enid Hunt Slater (d. 1928), and Paul Hunt; inherited by Paul Hunt's son, William Morris Hunt II, Brookline, MA; 2000, partial gift of William Morris Hunt II to the MFA. (Accession date: January 24, 2001) NOTES: [1] From 1890 until her death, this piece was loaned by Louisa Dumaresq Perkins Hunt to the MFA. Upon her death in 1897, it was loaned to the MFA by her daughter, Enid Hunt Slater, executrix of her estate.

    Credit Line

    Partial gift of William Morris Hunt II

    Details

    Dimensions

    H: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.), Diameter: 25.3 cm (10 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.1228

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) with polychrome enamel decoration

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Earthenware

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  • Saint John the Evangelist

    Southern Netherlandish (Tournai?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1440–50
    Unidentified artist

    Description

    This sculpture of Saint John, identified by the chalice he holds, was part of a larger ensemble of the four evangelists or the twelve apostles, possibly set into a small altarpiece. The exquisite carving of the hair, face, and drapery is enhanced by a delicate application of paint, creating an engaging naturalism.

    Provenance

    1950, consigned by A. M. Adler, New York, to Raphael Stora, New York; 1950, sold by Stora to the MFA for $420. (Accession Date: October 10, 1950)

    Credit Line

    H. E. Bolles Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    32.1 x 9.5 x 7.9 cm (12 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.3228

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; alabaster with polychromy and gilding

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Salt Cellar

    English (London)
    1719–20
    Marked by Benjamin Pyne (free 1676–died in 1732)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under base with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1719-20) and with maker's mark of Benjamine Pyne.

    Provenance

    October 22, 1970, sold by an anonymous owner at Sotheby's, London, lot 206. April 29, 1987, sold by an "Iowa Collector" at Christie's, New York, lot 527. S. J. Phillips Ltd, London; By 1996, most probably sold by S. J. Phillips to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5 x 11 x 9.5 cm (1 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.) Weight: 67 oz 14 dwt (2108g)

    Accession Number

    2001.43.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (Britannia standard)

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Waiter

    English (London)
    1745–46
    Marked by Paul de Lamerie (Dutch (active in England) 1688–1751)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck on reverse with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1745-6), and with maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie.

    Provenance

    Made for Charles Henry Coote, 7th Earl of Mountrath (1725-1801). November 17, 1960, sold by a "lady" at Sotheby's, London, lot 154. Hilmar Reksten, Bergen, Norway; May 22, 1991, sold by Hilmar Reksten at Christie's, London, lot 53, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.8 x 16.5 x 15.5 cm (1 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.) Weight: 26 oz (808 g)

    Accession Number

    2001.116.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Chair

    Chaise

    French (Paris)
    about 1787
    Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (French, 1747–1803)

    Description

    Part of a suite of bedroom furniture (including Bed 21.1265, Kneeling Chair 53.2092, Bergere 26.640, Firescreen 27.533, 2 Armchairs 50.2342, 53.2851, and Side Chairs 27.524, 27.525, and 47.244)

    Provenance

    1787, delivered to Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d'Avray, intendant-general of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, Paris [see note 1]; 1792, seized by the French government [see note 2]. 1794-1796, acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston, MA [see note 3]; by 1796, with his wife Hepzibah Clark Swan (d. 1825), Dorchester, MA; 1825, after her death, by inheritance to one of her three daughters; by inheritance to her descendants, Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White [see note 4]; 1953, gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White. (Accession date: December 10, 1953) NOTES: [1] see Howard Rice, "Notes on the Swan Furniture," MFA Bulletin, Vol 38, p. 36-48. [2] After the downfall of the monarchy on August 10, 1792, Thierry was imprisoned and his belongings were seized. He died in the massacres at the Prison de l'Abbaye in September, 1792. [3] James Swan was a merchant established in Paris, and was appointed an official agent for the purchase of supplies in the United States in 1794 by the French Government. His partner was Johann-Caspar Schweizer, a Swiss. According to Howard Rice, the French Government placed at his disposal luxury goods to be exchanged in America for food supplies and war materials. The Swan and Schweizer agency shipped these articles to the United States between 1794-1795, where much of it was sold. However, this piece was among those that Swan kept for his personal use. See H. Rice "James Swan, Agent of the French Republic 1794-1796" The New England Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 3, Sept. 1937, p. 464-486. [4] The three daughters of James and Hepzibah Swan were Mrs. John T. Sargent, Mrs. William Sullivan, and Mrs. John C. Howard, all of Boston, MA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White

    Details

    Dimensions

    93.98 x 53.34 x 50.8 cm (37 x 21 x 20 in.)

    Accession Number

    53.2850

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded beech

    Not On View

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  • Poltrona di Proust

    Italian (Milan)
    designed in 1978; manufactured 1991
    Designed by Alessandro Mendini (Italian, born in 1931)

    Object Place: Europe, Milan, Italy

    Description

    Designed by Alessandrom Mendini, (born 1931), in 1978. Carved and painted wood, painted upholstery. Marks: in black script on reverse of front seat rail ‘A. Mendini 1991’. Carved wood frame with ornate tri-partite scrolling crest.

    Provenance

    By 1992, sold by Gabriele Ammann (sole agent for Studio Alchimia in Germany) to Rolf Sachs; 1995, sold by Rolf Sachs through Theo Theodorou, Dulwich, London, to the MFA. (Accession date: January 25, 1995)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. S. M. B. Roby and Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    107.95 cm (42 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1995.10

    Medium or Technique

    Carved and painted wood and painted cotton upholstery

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    Furniture

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  • Processional (Use of Dominican Nuns)

    North German (Medingen?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    mid-15th century

    Place of Manufacture: Medingen?, Germany

    Description

    Processional for use by the Dominican order, with 82 folios (ff.) and 2 leaves:

    f. 1 - 1v: Originally blank, mid-15th century inscription added slightly later, “Pro sorore DK”
    f. 1v: Originally blank, mid-15th century inscription, “Das puch gehort in das closter zu medingen prediger ordens”
    ff. 2 - 80: Processional
    (ff. 2 - 12: Palm Sunday)
    (ff. 12 - 36v: Maundy Thursday (with antiphons “ad altare” for altars of the Virgin Mary, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Nicholas, St. Augustine, and the Cross))
    (ff. 36v - 39: Good Friday)
    (ff. 39 - 42: Easter)
    (ff. 42 - 46: Ascension)
    (ff. 46 - 50v: Corpus Christi)
    (ff. 50v - 55: Dedication of the Church)
    (ff. 55 - 60v: Purification)
    (ff. 60v - 66: Assumption)
    (ff. 66 - 69: Reception of Legates or Prelates)
    (ff. 69 - 71v: Reception of Secular Princes)
    (ff. 71v - 73: “Per totam ebdomadam”)
    (ff. 73 - 76: “Die 3 im 5 vor dem altar”)
    (ff. 76 - 80: “Commonem processionem pro necessaria ecclesiae”)
    f. 80v: [blank]

    Each page contains 1 column with 5 staves or 17 lines of text in Latin (with some German). Bounding lines in black ink, double-fillet, full-length to top and bottom, writing lines in black ink for top and bottom of each text line, prickings preserved for bounding and writing lines. Square stemmatic notation on a four-line red staff, c-clef indicated.

    (ff. 43 and 48 are tipped-in singletons). Correction slip tipped-in between ff. 64 and 65. Quires signed in first half only as “a i” - “a iv”… “h i” - “h iv,” mostly trimmed away.

    Written by a single scribe in a Gothic textura in black ink with red rubrics. f. 1: three-staff high initial “P” in blue and red with red infill and filigree; one-staff high initials throughout in black with red filigree or red; some filigree from descenders of lowest writing line in lower margin in black and/or red.

    Binding: Original deerskin with floral stamps over boards, upper clasp, band, and both clasp nails extant, braided blue and white endbands, pastedowns printed (possibly from incunables), front binding stays from a German scholastic manuscript from the second half of the thirteenth century scholastic manuscript, and rear binding stay from a German monastic Bible, from the second half of the 12th century, preserving Psalm 140:2-9.

    Inscription

    f. 1: a mid-15th century inscription, "Pro sorore DK" f. 1v: a mid-15th century inscription, "Das puch gehort in das closter zu medingen prediger ordens"

    Provenance

    Mid-15th century, the library of the Dominican nuns of St. Mary's in Medingen [see inscription f. 1v]. Mid-15th century, Sister D.K. [see inscription f. 1]. By 1907, with Dr. Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1907, gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: February 14, 1907)

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 18.9 x 13.8 cm (7 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.) Other (writing space): 11.8 x 8.8 cm (4 5/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    07.77

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of deerskin over boards

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    Europe

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    Manuscripts

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  • Fragment of an Impost block

    Italian (Southern) or Sicilian
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second half of the 12th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Southern Italy or Sicily

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1893, Michael Farah; 1893, gift of Farah to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 3, 1893)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Michel Farah

    Details

    Dimensions

    25.7 x 18.4 x 10.16 cm (10 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    93.9

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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    Europe

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    Sculpture

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  • Sugar Tongs

    English (London)
    about 1790
    Possibly by Samuel Wintle (first mark entered 1778)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The U-shaped tongs are formed from a single piece of silver, with shaped oval grippers, flat arms and bright-cut ornament on the outer edges enclosing a medallion.

    Inscription

    Engraved on top of tongs, in monogram "MB".

    Markings

    On inside of one arm, maker's mark SW (possibly Grimwade 2662). Inside the other arm, lion passant; sovereign's head.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor to the MFA in memory of Adelaide Joanna Sargent. (Accession Date: Septemebr 18, 1947)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mary Adelaide Sargent Poor in memory of Adelaide Joanna Sargent

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.8 x 14 cm (1 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.) Weight: 34 gm (1 oz)

    Accession Number

    47.1352

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Salt

    English (London)
    1824–25
    Marked by Edward Farrell (English, registered in 1813)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    Each salt is composed of a spiral shell with a fluted lip on clawed legs. Beneath the lip of the salt is a bearded, turbaned demifigure. The whole rests on a base formed of a tortoise. The handle is formed from the serpent’s tail of a fantastic winged creature who perches, as the thumbpiece of the salt, blowing a conch shell. The salt is assembled from heavily cast components, richly chased and thickly gilt.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on the lip of both salts to the right of the handle, the Royal crest with the Garter motto and surmounted by a Royal coronet, presumably for the Duke of York.

    Markings

    To left of handle, liopn passant; leopard's head; date letter i; sovereign's head; maker's mark EF.

    Provenance

    Made for, Frederick Augustus, Duke of York (1763-1827); March 19, 1827, sold from the Estate of the Duke of York at Christie's, London, lots 85-86, and bought by Thomas B. L. By 1953, with the Rt. Hon. Earl Howe; July 1, 1953, sold by Earl Howe at Christie's, London, lot 109. By 1985, Villiers David, Esq.; November 27, 1985, sold from the collection of the late Villiers David, at Christie's, London, lot 122 and bought by Robert Eaton, for Museumpiece, Zurich. By 1989, with James Robinson, Inc., New York; 1989, sold by James Robinson to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 25, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 22.2 cm x 16.5 cm x 9.3 cm. (8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 9.3 in.) Weight: 1,11.3 gm (35 oz 15 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1989.314

    Medium or Technique

    Silver gilt

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Pair of Andirons

    French
    about 1928
    Jacques Lipchitz (French (born in Lithuania), 1891–1973)

    Description

    A pair of gilt-bronze andirons, supported by wrought iron supports at back and in the form of stylized geometric doves. See also 1986.4, a mantelpiece with identical to birds, facing each other.

    Provenance

    1928, commissioned by Jacques Doucet (b.1853 – d.1929) for the Cabinet de l'Orient, in his residence in Neuilly, France; 1929, at Doucet's death, presumably by inheritance to his wife, Jeanne Roger Doucet, Neuilly. Acquired from a private collection by Brame et Lorenceau, Paris [see note 1]; 1986, sold by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986) Notes: [1] According to information provided by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA (December 6, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow, Frederick Brown Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection, Otis Norcross Fund, Gift of Mrs. Winthrop Sargent, Bequest of G. B. Upton, and Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoë Wilbour, by exchange, and Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb

    Copyright

    © Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (1986.5): 37 x 27 x 58 cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 22 13/16 in.) Overall (1986.6): 37 x 27 x 57.9 cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.5-6

    Medium or Technique

    Gilt bronze, iron

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    Europe

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  • Sauceboat

    English (London)
    1736–37
    Marked by Peter Archambo I (English (London), first mark entered 1721, died in 1767)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under bases with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1736-7) and with maker's mark of Peter Archambo I.

    Provenance

    Made for George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds (1775-1838); after his death, by descent to Marcia Amelia, Baroness Fauconberg and Conyers (1863-1926); by descent until 1983, to an anonymous owner; November 17, 1983, sold by this anonymous owner at Henry Spencer and Sons, Retford, lot 361. June 19, 1987, sold by an anonymous owner at Sotheby's, London, lot 67, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 11.5 x 24 x 13 cm (4 1/2 x 9 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.) Weight: 41 oz 12 dwt (1296g)

    Accession Number

    2001.58.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

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    Europe

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  • Sugar Sifter Spoon

    English (London)
    1792–93
    Marked by George Smith (III)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The spoon, forged from one piece, has a deep round bowl pierced with crosses and garlands in a geometric pattern. The curving stem has an Old English Thread end.

    Inscription

    Engraved on front and on stem, "A".

    Markings

    On back of stem, maker's mark GS over WF (Grimwade 910); soveriegn's head; date letter r; leopard's head crowned; lion passant;

    Provenance

    Amory family by descent to Martha Codman Karolik (1858-1948), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik for the M. & M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. (Accession Date: October 9, 1941)

    Credit Line

    The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 4.9 cm x L. 14.85 cm (1 15/16 x 5 7/8 in.); Weight: 34 gm (1 oz)

    Accession Number

    41.624

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Tea Caddy

    English (London)
    1753–54
    Marked by Samuel Taylor (free 1744)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The tea cansiters are bombé in form, resting on a molded cast foot decorated with a band of cast and chased with spiraling flutes, with chased flowers filling the lobes. An asymetrical cartouche is reserved at the front of each. The high rim is formed from seamed sheet and chased with flowers over the seam. The domed cover has a bezel, a tooled rim and a finial in the form of a flower and stem. It is chased with spiraling flutes and flowers. The inverted pear-shaped sugar box is constructed and decorated in the same way. The canisters are identical in design; the sugar box is similar but has broader proportions. The inverted pear-shaped body rests on a circular domed foot with a band of flowers and foliage against a matted ground. The body is chased with spiral fluting alternating with bands of flowers. There is a cast finial in the form of a flower and a tooled rim.

    Inscription

    Engraved in the cartouche on each canister, SE

    Markings

    On underside of each canister, maker's mark ST (Grimwade 2645); lion passant (repeated on bezel of each cover); date letter s; leopard's head crowned.

    Provenance

    According to tradition, given by Gov. William Shirley (1694-1771) to an ancestor of Andrew Montgomery Ritchie, by descent to Miss Janet Ritchie, Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 12.1 cm x D. 8.3 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.); Weight: 1,434.5 gm (46 oz 2 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1985.198a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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  • Ornamental Plaque

    German (Cologne)
    Medieval
    late 12th–early 13th century
    Maker Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Cologne, Germany

    Description

    Obtuse-angled plaque with molded and beaded edge (a triangular cut in the lower edge); seven pinholes in the angles and through the outer left quatrefoil. Hammered, tooled, champlevé, cloisonné, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, light blue, green, yellow, red, and white in fields of one or two colors. Within a lapis-blue and green border, a light-blue field contains four lapis-blue quatrefoils flanking a trefoil of the same color. Quatrefoils are filled with white cloisonné crossflowers with red centers. In the trefoil, three white cloisonné rosettes with red centers surround a yellow circle. Yellow scalloped semicircles with red centers in cloisonné are placed along the border. On the reverse is the modern assembly mark “VI”.

    Provenance

    By 1952, Alastair Martin, Glen Head, NY; 1952, gift of Alastair Martin. (Accession date: September 11, 1952)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alastair B. Martin

    Details

    Dimensions

    3.6 x 10.3 x 0.7 cm (1 7/16 x 4 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    52.1084

    Medium or Technique

    Champlevé and cloisonné enamel and gilding on copper

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    Europe

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    Enamels

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  • Sauceboat

    English (London)
    1735–36

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under bases with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1735-6) and with maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie.

    Provenance

    Ralph Congreve (d. 1997) (original commission) [see note 1]. 1990, E. & C. T. Koopman Ltd., London; 1990, probably sold by Koopman to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 2001) NOTES: [1] Ralph Congreve married Charlotte, daughter of William, 3rd Lord Stawell; thus the Congreve arms impale the Stawell arms on these pieces.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 x 21 x 12.1 cm (5 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.) Weight: 41 oz 10 dwt (1291 g)

    Accession Number

    2001.53.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

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    Europe

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  • Miniature Spoon

    English (Chester)
    1765–70
    Marked by Richard Richardson II or III

    Object Place: Europe, Chester, England

    Description

    Each fabricated spoon has a small oval bowl and a plain stem with a Hanoverian terminus.

    Markings

    On back of stem of each, maker's mark RR (similar to Jackson, 1989, p. 399 or p. 400)

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: December 14, 1939)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 1.2 cm (1/2 in.); L. 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.824

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

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    Europe

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  • Corkscrew

    English (Birmingham)
    18th century
    Unmarked

    Description

    The cockscrew is formed of a piece of sheet, seamed to form a cylinder and pierced with a gallery supported by four columns, with engraved fluting, capitals, and bases. Attached to the ivory handle at the tops is steel helix, or “worm”, in the center of the openwork sleeve. The tip of the helix is covered with a removable tapering sheath with a flat tip. It is assembled from three pieces of sheet.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    11.5 X 5 cm (4 1/2 X 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 56.7 gm (1 oz 16 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1979.503

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, steel, ivory

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Pot-pourri

    French
    about 1737-1740
    Made at Chantilly Manufactory (France)

    Description

    Two-sided stand composed of undulating wave and shell forms surmounted by a shell-shaped bowl with applied “barnicles” and painted leaves. The perforated topmost portion of the domed, shell-shaped cover is painted with a leaf and has a knop in the form of of a bearded monk holding a beaker in his right hand. The fluting of the shell forms is picked out in turquoise, red and yellow enamels; the leaves are green.

    Provenance

    About 1950s, acquired on the art market by a private collector, England; by descent within the family to Louis Woodford, Somerset [see note 1]; 1995, sold by Louis Woodford to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 1995)

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund, Anonymous Gift, Gift of John W. Elliot, and Gift of Rosenberg and Stiebel, by exchange, and H. E. Bolles Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 22 x 20.4 x 19cm (8 11/16 x 8 1/16 x 7 1/2in.)

    Accession Number

    1995.54a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

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    Europe

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    Ceramics, Porcelain

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  • Diana and Stag Automaton

    Trinkspiel

    German (Augsburg)
    about 1610–20
    Marked by Joachim Fries (1579–1620)

    Description

    Elaborate silver automata were among the most marvelous works of art in German princely collections. The south German city of Augsburg specialized in such courtly drinking amusements during the seventeenth century. The base of this automaton contained a wind-up mechanism that moved it across the table. Once it came to a standstill, the diner closest to it removed the stag’s head and drank the wine from the body.

    Markings

    On top of base: marks of Joachim Fries and Augsburg

    Provenance

    About 1610-1620, Prince Heinrich the Younger of Reuss, called Posthumus (b. 1572 - d. 1635), Gera, Germany; until 1945, by descent within the family and kept at Osterstein Castle, Gera [see note 1]. 1985, private collection, Gera; 1986, taken by the city of Gera and exhibited at the Museum für Geschichte [see note 2]; subsequently restituted to the princely house of Reuss; sold by the princes of Reuss to Rudigier Gallery, Munich and London; 2004, sold by Rudigier Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2004) NOTES: [1] In 1945 Osterstein Castle was bombed and burned out completely, and the automaton was thought to have been destroyed. However, it resurfaced in 1985 in the hands of a private owner, who is said to have acquired it by inheritance. The automaton may have been among the objects looted from the castle by Soviet troops. See Siegfried Mues, "Wertvolle Kunstschätze an die Museen der Stadt Gera übergeben," Neue Museumskunde 4 (1987): pp. 287-289. [2] When the automaton was discovered in a private collection, the city took possession of it, the princely house of Reuss having been dispossessed in 1945 by the Soviet Army. In 1987, the museum of Gera displayed it along with other objects thought to have been lost during World War II.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and the William Francis Warden Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, and by exchange from the Bequest of William A. Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 33 cm (13 in.); Width: 24.3 cm (9 9/16 in.); Diam. 25.4 cm (10 in.) Other (Base dimensions): 24.3 x 10.2 cm (9 9/16 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.568

    Medium or Technique

    Cast and chased silver, partially gilded and painted with translucent lacquers

    On View

    Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

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    Europe

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  • Tea bowl and saucer

    English
    1762–85
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with fruit.

    Inscription

    Mark: Cup: none Saucer: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.941a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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    Porcelain

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  • Singer

    German
    about 1762–66
    Made at Frankenthal Manufactory (Germany), Modeled by Franz Conrad Linck

    Description

    Figure of a singer with one arm outstretched holding a sheet of music. Wears gray curled wig, long puce cape lined in white, white coat and tunic and breeches in white with yellow and iron-red stripes.

    Markings

    Interlaced CT with a crown; AB for Adam Bergdoll

    Provenance

    By 1967, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger, New York, NY; 1967, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger. (Accession date: December 21, 1967)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 16.5 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm (6 1/2 x 5 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.1193

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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    Porcelain

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  • Madonna and Child

    French
    Medieval (Gothic)
    mid-13th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, France, Mosan

    Description

    Provenance

    1912, Bacri Frères, Paris; 1912, sold by Bacri Frères to the Western Art Visiting Committee for the MFA. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Western Art Visiting Committee

    Details

    Dimensions

    80 x 30.5 x 23.5 cm (31 1/2 x 12 x 9 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.1173

    Medium or Technique

    Wood with traces of polychromy

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    Sculpture

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  • Bowl

    English
    1775–85
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with the “Fence” pattern.

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.920

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

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  • The Dream of Saint Romuald (Cutting from an Antiphonary or a Gradual)

    Italian (Venice?)
    Medieval (Late Gothic)/early Renaissance
    mid-15th century
    Attributed to Belbello da Pavia

    Place of Manufacture: possibly Venice, Northern Italy

    Description

    A cutting from an antiphonary or gradual choirbook (both book types containing songs for the Divine Office or Mass), with four partial staves on verso. Heightened square neumes on a four-line red staff, no clefs extant. Written in a Rotunda script in black ink with text in Latin. Historiated initial (probably [O]), the Dream of St. Romuald (founder of the ascetic Camaldolese monastic order in the late tenth century): while seeking a site on which to build his new abbey (so the legend was recorded in the Vita Beati Romualdi by Peter Damian), Romuald dreamed of a ladder connecting heaven and earth on which ascended and descended men in white robes. In this miniature, the white-robed Romuald is shown sleeping in a kneeling position and resting his head against a white-draped altar. He is surrounded by similarly clothed Camaldolese monks, apparently part of his vision, some of whom are at prayer while others gaze at the ladder to heaven in the background. Contrary to the vision as recorded by Peter Damian, in this depiction angels, not white-robed men, fill the ladder, perhaps a conflation of the legend with Jacob’s dream. Gold leaf background.

    Provenance

    About 1955/1961, the estate of Jacob Hirsch (dealer; b. 1874 - d. 1955), New York [see note 1]. Probably Frederick A. Stern (dealer), New York [see note 2]. 1967, Julius Böhler, Munich; 1967, sold by Böhler to John Goelet, New York; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] Millard Meiss, "An Early Lombard Altarpiece," Arte Antica e Moderna, 13 (1961): 132, n. 28 and pl. 46b. [2] According to Serena Padovani, "Pittori della corte estense nel primo Quattrocento," Paragone 26 (1975): 48, n. 28, this belonged to "F. Stern" of New York, presumably the dealer Frederick Stern. At the time of publication, Padovani was unaware that the miniature was owned by the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 21 x 13.5 cm (8 1/4 x 5 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.692

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera, ink and gold leaf on parchment

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  • Statuette of Saint John

    Lower Rhineland
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1475

    Object Place: Europe, Germany, Lower Rhine

    Description

    Hollow standing figure on a thin hatched base with two pairs of rivets in the back of the head and an iron pin in the base; finished more simply in back. Body comprising many pieces (about 3 mm. thick) cut, hammered, soldered, and engraved; head and neck (one piece) hammered and chased; hands solid cast in one piece and soldered. The head, turned slightly, has windswept curly hair, a furrowed brow, sunken cheeks, deeply carved parted lips and an intense stare. Wearing a gown with upright collar, a mantle tied at the neck falling in deep angular folds, and a knife hanging from a rosette at the waist, Saint John stands in a contrapposto pose with the toes of his left foot visible and with hands raised in a gesture of mourning. A cylinder of metal surrounding the iron pin extends about 10 mm. into the base of the figure.

    Provenance

    Richard von Kaufmann (b. 1849 - d. 1908), Berlin; December 4, 1917, Kaufmann sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 421, sold for 9,500 M. March 5, 1929, anonymous ("v. B." collection) sale, Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, lot 220. 1950, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $2,500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] The MFA acquired accession nos. 50.2, 50.3, and 50.4 together.

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    12.06 x 4.1 x 3.2 cm (4 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.4

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; silver (various pieces: 93.1-97.7% silver, 1-2.5% copper, .8-1.5% gold, up to 3.1% lead)

    On View

    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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  • Bowl

    English
    1775–85
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Rare enlarged version of the “Mother and Child” pattern in the oriental design with an extra standing figure.

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    7.83 cm (3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.904

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

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  • Cup and saucer

    German
    about 1725
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

    Description

    Cup has flaring rim & narrow baseband, gold banded. Two shaped panels framed in gold lines with floral & scroll work, mask above, in orange & purple (1) seascape in dark bistre (2) group of men on shore. Floral design with red circles inside.

    Markings

    Mark on bottom

    Provenance

    By 1955, with anonymous donor; 1955, gift of anonymous donor. (Accession date: June 9, 1955)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.6cm (3in.) Other (Part A): 4.4cm (1 3/4in.) Other (Part B): 2.4 x 12.1cm (15/16 x 4 3/4in.)

    Accession Number

    55.414a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Soup plate

    English
    about 1755
    Made at Longton Hall Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    The deepest bowl from the set of three. Decorated with three birds and modeled leaf border.

    Inscription

    unmarked

    Provenance

    By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5.1 x 21.6 cm (2 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.893

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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  • Capital

    French (La Charité-sur-Loire)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1100–25
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, La Charite sur Loire, France

    Description

    Provenance

    La Charité-sur-Loire (Nièvre), France (original commission). 1934, Charbonnel, La Flêche, France; July 2, 1934, sold by Charbonnel to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P11005); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 595, to the MFA for $600 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949) NOTES: [1] Its companion was purchased by the St. Louis Art Museum.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

    Details

    Dimensions

    62 x 68 x 42 cm (24 7/16 x 26 3/4 x 16 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.534

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

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  • Claret Jug

    English (Birmingham)
    1897–98
    Marked by Elkington & Co. (English)

    Description

    The jug has a low broad base, rising to a high cylindrical neck. It is formed of purple glass mounted with electroformed silver that is pierced and engraved with stylized Japanese ribbons, flowers, and bamboo leaves. The heavy C-shaped handle is undecorated. Just above the handle is a band of plain silver, surmounted at the rim with a band of beading. The spout is cast and scrolled. The domed lid has a gadrooned baluster finial. With mounted glass (and leather case 1977.540b).


    This jug is characteristic of the taste of the Aesthetic Movement with its elaborate ornament of stylized floral motifs and ribbons in the Japanese manner combined with the humble and quintessentially English daffodil. The decoration is applied directly onto the glass through an electrolytic deposit process, often referred to as silver overlay, which was developed in the 1880s.

    Inscription

    INSCRIPTIONS: engraved in a cartouche on the side, "Arthur Buckley Esq:/ From/John & Gerald/ Taylor." SCRATCHES: shallowly engraved on the lip of the neck, "24255 cg/cg/-."

    Markings

    On mount to right handle, maker's mark E&CoLd (Culme 3092); anchor; date letter x (repeated inside cover); lion passant (repeated inside cover).

    Provenance

    Presented by John and Gerald Taylor to Arthur Buckley, Esq. [see note 1]; by 1977, with Brand Inglis, Ltd, dealer, London, England; 1977, sold by Brand Inglis to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1977) NOTES: [1] Engraving on the side of the piece reads: "Arthur Buckley, Esq: / From / John & Gerald / Taylor"

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 35.7 cm x W. 16.8 cm (14 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Diameter of base 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.540a

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, glass

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  • Flared bowl

    German
    about 1725
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

    Object Place: Europe, Germany

    Description

    Flared bowl decorated with a variety of chinoiserie scenes and scrollwork in gold on the exterior surface and at the base of the interior.

    Inscription

    Marks: lustre S mark on base

    Provenance

    March 1, 1993, sold by the executors of the estate of the late Robert Clarke, Esq., at Christie's, London, lot 124 and bought by the MFA for the Rita and Frits Markus Collection [see note 1]. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

    Credit Line

    Rita and Frits Markus Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.228

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with gilding

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  • Plate depicting the fable "The Lion & the Mouse"

    English
    about 1769
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England), Painted by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale (Irish, active in England 1734–1801)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    “The Lion and the Mouse” - plate in soft-paste porcelain, fluted scalloped rim; mazarine blue ground, elaborate gilt scroll and diaper border around centralreserve, painted in polychrome enamels, after No. 23 in Barlow’s 1666 edition of Aesop’s Fables; gold dentil edge.

    Inscription

    Janet M. Wolfson Collection No. W-66

    Markings

    Mark: fretted square in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    Collection of Lady Corah; July 20, 1971, sold by Lady Corah at Sotheby's, London, lot 66. By 1981, Mrs. Janet M. Wolfson, Brookline, MA; 1982, bequest of Mrs. Janet M. Wolfson. (Accession date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Janet M. Wolfson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.8 x 19.5 cm (1 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.68

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Angel or saint

    German (Augsburg)
    early 18th century
    Ehrgott Bernhard Bendl (1660–1738)

    Object Place: Augsburg, Germany

    Description

    Polychromed wood. Richly gilded drapery, strap across right shoulder, right arm raised, left outstretched (small finger broken). Reddish flesh tones. Sandal thongs woven to below knee.

    Provenance

    By 1957, John Hunt, London and Dublin; 1958, sold by Hunt to the MFA for £2700. (Accession Date: February 13, 1958) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 58.43 and 58.44 were purchased together for this price.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    243.84 cm (96 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.44

    Medium or Technique

    Polychromed wood

    On View

    Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III Gallery (Gallery 248)

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  • Coffeepot

    English (London)
    1714–15
    Marked by Robert Timbrell, Marked by Joseph Bell I (English (London))

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The plain octagonal body rests on a molded base and tapers to a molded rim. It is formed from a single seamed sheet with panels scored on the interior, folded and soldered. The base, formed from sheet, is applied and finished with a heavy molded wire rim. The domed octagonal lid is raised and joined to the body by a hinge. It is surmounted by an octagonal baluster finial. The curved eight-faceted spout, cast in two pieces, is joined to the body at a right angle to the handle. The sockets for the wooden ear-shaped handle also have eight sides.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: on body, the arms of Hawkins, probably for Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Philip Hawkins of Pennans, who married in 1715, Thomas Carlyon of Tregrehan, co. Cornwall. INSCRIPTIONS: engraved on underside, 28 14.

    Markings

    Near rim, maker's mark TB, i above, e below, (Grimwade 2707); lion's head erased (repeated on bezel of cover); Britannia; date letter t

    Provenance

    T.R.G. Carlyon, Esq., sold Sotheby's, London, February 8, 1962, lot 150; Garrard & Co., Ltd., London; Jennings family sold Sotheby's, London, December 12, 1974, lot 126 [How of Edinburgh, London], purchased January 8, 1975, Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: January 8, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    27.6 x 17.4 x 15.9 cm (10 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.) Weight: 929.9 gm (29 oz 18 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1974.564

    Medium or Technique

    Silver; Wood

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  • Flower Vase

    vase hollandois nouveau ovale

    French
    1759
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

    Description

    One of a pair with 65.1800a-b. The form of these vases is a variant of that of 65.1817-1819 (cat. no. 119). Each vase is composed of two parts. In each, the upper part is of shaped oval cross section. It tapers from a flared, undulating rim to a much narrower base pierced with holes that fits into a shaped oval stand. The stand rests on four feet and has four cartouche-shaped openings in the shoulder. The vases are decorated with a pink (rose) ground and, on the upper section, with a reserve of figures in a landscape and three subsidiary reserves of flowers over which interweaving husk pendants are painted in green and gold. Both stands are decorated with four reserves of flowers and similar green and gold husk pendants and garlands. The figural scene on 65.1799 depicts two men drinking and smoking pipes outside a tavern; on 65.1800, two seated men play cards outside a tavern or house. A gilt dentil band decorates the rim of each vase, tooled gilt bands enframes the reserves, and the molded edges of each vase and stand have been gilded.

    Inscription

    Vase : incised cn. Stand: interlaced Ls with a dot above and below where the Ls cros at top and bottom, enclosing date letter G, in blue enamel; incised cn.

    Provenance

    Until 1831, George William (b. 1758 - d. 1831), Seventh Earl of Coventry, Croome Court, Worcestershire, England; by descent within the family until 1874; June 12, 1874, Earl of Coventry sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 150 [see note 1], to Rutter [see note 2]. Until 1885, William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (b. 1817 - d. 1885), Park Lane, London; about 1885/1886, sold privately [see note 3]. 1895, William J. Goode, London; July 17, 1895, Goode sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 147, unsold; May 20, 1898, Goode sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 94b, to Pilkington. 1898, Asher Wertheimer, London [see note 3]. Duveen Brothers, New York. Until 1913, J. Pierpont Morgan (b. 1837 - d. 1913), New York (his inventory numbers P.M. 1743.A - 1743.D); 1913, by descent to J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr.; January 8, 1944, Morgan sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, lot 487, to Jas. A. Lewis & Son, New York, for Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] In this and the following 19th century auctions, the pair were sold as part of a garniture, with a vase and cover formed as a "vaisseau à màt;" the painted decoration was attributed to Morin. [2] According to a handwritten annotation in the auction catalogue. [3] Jeffrey H. Munger, "The Forsyth Wickes Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" (Boston, 1992), p. 174. The vases were not included in the Earl of Dudley sale in 1886.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.6 x 17.5 x 14.3 cm (8 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1799b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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  • Saint Mary Salome

    Italian (Venice ?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    late 13th century?

    Object Place: Europe, Venice (?), Italy

    Description

    One of seven stained glass of saints and religious scenes.
    The plaques representing the Nativity, Saint Paul standing in three-quarter view (inscribed: S PAULUS), and a half length frontal figure of Saint Mary Magdalene (inscribed:.SCA MARIA MADALENA) are on purple glass. Those depicting the Annunciation, the Virgin and Child (of the Hodegetria type) under an arch (inscribed MH[TH]P O[EO]Y), a half-length frontal figure of Saint Mark are on dark-blue glass. The decoration and inscriptions are acid-etched, giving a rough, silvery surface to the glass. Gold leaf, in which modeling lines have been scratched, is applied on the front of the glass over the inscriptions, the framing gold bands, the hair and headdresses, the animals, and parts of the architecture and drapery (usually mantles). Thus, the designs depend on the interplay between the etched and gilded surfaces and are read best when placed against a dark ground.

    Provenance

    Probably until 1953, Prince Esterhàzy, Galanta, Hungary; 1953, probably sold by Ezterhàzy to Georges Wildenstein, Wildenstein and Co., New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to John Goelet, New York [see note 2]; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] This is suggested by notes in the MFA curatorial file. [2] See letter from Harry Brooks, President, Wildenstein and Co. to Nancy Netzer of the MFA (August 1, 1985; in MFA curatorial file).

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    3 x 4.7 cm (1 3/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.684

    Medium or Technique

    Glass with gold leaf and lead borders

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  • Polychrome Armorial Plate

    French (Moustiers)
    about 1890

    Description

    Having lattice border and arms of the Second Duke of Hamilton, (repair to right edge)

    Provenance

    Collection of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; 2000, bequest of Vivian Hawes. (Accession date: June 21, 2000)

    Credit Line

    The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection

    Details

    Accession Number

    2000.711

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware

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  • Pleurant

    French (Rhône Valley)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1475–1500
    Unidentified artist, French (French)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    This figure of a monk covers his face in grief, his heavy drapery conveying the weight of his sorrow. Large sculptures of mourners decorated tombs, creating a kind of perpetual funeral procession accompanying the effigy of the deceased. This small figure may also have been part of a tomb ensemble or, more likely, was a private, commemorative work.

    Provenance

    By 1931, Bela Hein (b. 1883 - d. 1931), Paris [see note 1]; by inheritance to Mme. Bela Hein, Paris; 1967, sold by Mme. Bela Hein to the MFA. (Accession Date: Sept 13, 1967) NOTES: [1] According to a September 8, 1967 acquisition recommendation from Hanns Swarzenski, Hein acquired the sculpture in Avignon.

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    23.2 x 12.2 x 11.1 cm (9 1/8 x 4 13/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.764

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone with traces of yellow bole and polychromy

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  • Dagger and Sheath

    French (?)
    about 1850
    Manner of Félicie de Fauveau (French, 1801–1886)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    The cast and chased bronze silvered and partly gilt. In a historicist style, in the manner of Felicie de Fauveau (1801-1886), the hilt with cast figures of Othello and Desdemona, the sheath with a low relief of Desdemona in prayer. The whole richly decorated with grotesques and strapwork, partly gilt. The blade etched with Mannerist decoration.


    The dramatic scene on the hilt of this dagger is taken from Shakespeare’s Othello. The subject matter and decoration are typical of the mid-nineteenth century Troubadour style, which looked to romantic, literary, and historical sources for inspiration and drew heavily upon medieval and Renaissance ornament. Félicie de Fauveau specialized in sculpture and decorative objects-including such daggers as this one-which she produced in her studio in Florence, Italy.

    Markings

    No marks or inscriptions.

    Provenance

    By 1997, with Galerie Elstir, Paris, France; 1997, sold by Galerie Elstir and bought by the MFA in memory of John F. Paramino, and through the Helen and Alice Colburn Fund. (Accession date: January 22, 1997)

    Credit Line

    Elizabeth Marie Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.4 x 56 cm (2 1/2 x 22 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1997.4.1-2

    Medium or Technique

    Silvered and gilded bronze, etched steel

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  • Pot-pourri Vase

    French
    about 1785–90
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    This lidded bowl with pierced collar is similar to two drawings of pot-pourri vases in the Sèvres factory archives. The drawings bear inscriptions referring to the gilt-bronze mounts, which in one case were to be executed by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843), the leading bronze modeler and gilder of the Empire period. A plaster model of this form matching one of the inscribed drawings remains at Sèvres.

    Provenance

    Possibly in the late 18th century, in the Amory family collection, Boston, MA [see note 1]; by 1921, probably by descent to Martha C. Codman (Mrs. Maxim Karolik) Newport, RI and Boston, MA [see note 2]; 1944, sold by Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik and bought by the MFA through the Charles Hitchcock Tyler Residuary Fund for $15000. (Accession date: March 9, 1944) NOTES: [1] See curatorial recommendation to the director, March 9, 1944, in MFA curatorial file. [2] See Whitehill, "Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Centennial History," Volume Two, 1970, p. 466, citing a letter from Mr. Karolik stating that Mrs. Karolik's inheritances came from the Amory, Codman, Derby and Pickman families. Martha C. Codman's mother was Mrs. John Amory Codman. From May 25, 1921 until October 5, 1929, this object was on loan to the MFA from Martha C. Codman.

    Credit Line

    Charles Hitchcock Tyler Residuary Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    44.74a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain, gilt-bronze mounts, marble plinth

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  • Covered Creamware Teapot

    English
    1762

    Description

    Polychrome floral vine surrounding inscription “Miss Iemh Lupton of Allfraton in Darbysh, manufactured May 1, 1762.”

    Inscription

    "Miss Iemh Lupton of Allfraton in Darbysh, manufactured May 1, 1762."

    Provenance

    Collection of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; 2000, bequest of Vivian Hawes. (Accession date: June 21, 2000)

    Credit Line

    The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 11.4; Max. diameter: 18.4; Diameter at base: 6.7 cm (4 1/2; 7 1/4; 2 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.704a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Lead-glazed earthenware

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

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  • La Guerre et La Paix: La Paix

    War and Peace: Peace

    1901
    Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)

    Object Place: Oceania, Tahiti

    Description

    Pair to 63.2765, “La Guerre et la Paix: La Paix”


    This panel, one of a pair with 63.2764, incorporating motifs from classical reliefs and from the Javanese Buddhist sanctuary Borobudur, was among the last sculptures Gauguin carved in Tahiti. These two panels, from very late in the artist’s career, were commissioned by Gustave Fayet, an important early French collector of Gauguin’s art.

    Provenance

    1901, sent by the artist in Tahiti to Gustave Fayet (b. 1865 - d. 1925), Béziers, France [see note 1]; to Fayet's uncle, Léon Fayet, Arles. By 1961, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence K. Marshall, Cambridge, MA; 1963, gift of Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 30, 1963) NOTES: [1] Gauguin executed the reliefs War and Peace (La Guerre et La Paix; MFA accession nos. 63.2764 - 63.2765) for the collector Gustave Fayet in 1901. This is discussed in a series of letters between Daniel de Monfried and Gauguin written in 1901. See Christopher Gray, Sculpture and Ceramics of Paul Gauguin (New York, 1980), pp. 73, 272-273 (with further bibliography).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall

    Details

    Dimensions

    48.26 x 99.69 cm (19 x 39 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    63.2765

    Medium or Technique

    Painted tamanu wood

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  • Table

    English (London)
    about 1875
    Design attributed to Edward William Godwin (English, 1833–1886), Made by Collinson & Lock (English (London), active 1870–1897)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Rosewood with brass castors. Octagonal rosewood center table with molded edge, raised on eight turned and shaped tapering legs. Eight arched stretchers forming ‘spokes’ joined to a pendant. The legs terminate with brass caps and castors.


    Called by Irish writer Oscar Wilde “the greatest aesthete of them all,” Godwin was a pioneer of the Anglo-Japanese style although his furniture bears little resemblance to that made in Japan. The elegant, slender legs of this table emphasize the structural nature of its design and express Godwin’s belief in the beauty of simplicity and the balance of solid and void.

    Inscription

    Stamped - COLLINSON & LOCK LONDON/6543 Stamped with government inventory mark - ER/VII (twice) Applied label - 44

    Provenance

    By 1986, H. Blairman & Sons, London [see note 1]; 1986, sold by H. Blairman & Sons to the MFA. (Accession date: September 17, 1986) NOTES: [1] H. Blairman & Sons research indicates that the stamp "ERVII" found on the underside of the table signifies that it was inventoried in a public building, in the "early years of this century." See H. Blairman & Sons letter to the MFA in curatorial file.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Frederick Heidelberger in loving memory of her son Herbert Heidelberger and her sister Jennie Goldstein

    Details

    Dimensions

    74 x 102.2 cm (29 1/8 x 40 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.343

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood; brass

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  • Partial leaf from a Homiliary

    Partial leaf from the Sermons [Homiliae]

    Southern German or Austrian
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    late 12th century
    Author of text Saint Bede the Venerable (673–735)

    Place of Manufacture: Europe, Southern Germany or Austria

    Description

    The inner half of one leaf from Homily 15, Book 2, written by Saint Bede. Partial leaf contains one (of two) columns of 34 text lines. Text is in Latin.

    Written in a Romanesque bookhand in black ink. 9-line white-vine initial [V] on recto with incorporated dragon and colored background (green, yellow and blue wash ). Later used as part of a binding.

    Provenance

    By 1920, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1920, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: October 7, 1920)

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 36.1 x 12.6 cm (14 3/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1601

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment

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  • Fruit trencher

    English
    1575–1600

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Set of twelve Elizabethan roundels in beechwood, one side decorated in polychrome and gold floral, leaf, fruit and scroll devices encircling quotations from the Bible, one with a Death’s head; contained in turned beechwood box retaining traces of original decoration.

    Provenance

    Until 1971, Stair & Company, Williamsburg, VA; January 22, 1071, sold by Stair & Company to Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch), Warner, NH; gift of Edith l. Welch to the MFA. (Accession date: March 22, 2000)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch) in honor of Ellenor M. Alcorn and Jeffrey H. Munger

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.588.8

    Medium or Technique

    Wood; polychromed beechwood

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    Europe

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    Wood Carvings / Turnings

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  • Saint Leonard

    German (Southwestern) or Austrian (Western)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1510
    Unidentified artist

    Description

    This figure of Saint Leonard is part of a set with a Bishop Saint (63.585). Both figures were originally displayed in the center of a winged altarpiece similar to that in Oehringen which is datable around 1510.

    Provenance

    Probably before 1935, purchased in Kassel, Germany by Siegfried J. Thannhauser (b. 1885 - d. 1962), Munich and Brookline, MA; 1963, bequest of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 8, 1963) NOTES: [1] Dr. Thannhauser immigrated to the Boston area in 1935. According to Edward R. Lubin's appraisal of his collection (February 14, 1962), this sculpture was purchased in Kassel.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser in memory of his wife, Franziska Reiner Thannhauser

    Details

    Dimensions

    80.0 x 24.8 x 9.0 cm (31 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 3 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    63.586

    Medium or Technique

    Wood with polychromy

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  • Fantastic Inkwell (Self-Portrait as a Sphinx)

    French (Paris)
    1880
    Sarah Bernhardt (French, 1844–1923)

    Description

    Depicted with bat’s wings, and griffon’s tail, a horned skull supporting inkwell. Her profession as actress depicted by Tragic and Comic masks as epaulettes on her shoulders.


    Celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt was also a sculptor, and this bronze inkwell is a self-portrait. In it, the body of a griffon, wings of a bat, and tail of a fish are combined into a mysterious image of the artist as a sphinx-a metaphor for her ability to transform herself, both on stage and off. The fantastic combination of natural forms is related to contemporary Art Nouveau jewelry and ornamentation as well as to the imagery and techniques of sixteenth-century Mannerist bronzes.

    Inscription

    Marked: Sarah Bernhardt on right base; 1880 on right base. Founder Mark: THIEBAUT FRERES/FONDEURS/PARIS

    Provenance

    1880, possibly with the artist and exhibited at the Union League Club, New York [see note 1]. 1973, Shepherd Gallery, New York [see note 2]; 1973, sold by the Shepherd Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 14, 1973) NOTES: [1] As suggested by Judith Applegate, MFA Bulletin 73, no. 369 (1975): 37, the MFA inkwell may be the third cast made, exhibited in New York in 1880. See "Sarah Bernhardt Souvenir, Including The Authorized Catalogue of Her Paintings and Sculpture" (New York, 1880), cat. no. 18. [2] In a letter to the MFA (October 9, 1973), Shepherd Gallery indicated that the inkwell was purchased "from an importer on Long Island who gave us no significant provenance on the piece."

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (without base): 31.8 x 34.9 x 31.8 cm (12 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.551a-d

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Salver

    English (London)
    1713–14
    Marked by Simon Pantin I (about 1680–1728)

    Description

    Markings

    The fields struck with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1713-14) and with maker's mark of Simon Pantin I.

    Provenance

    Made for Sir Henry Fetherstonhaugh, Bt (1654-1746); after his death, by descent to his heirs at Uppark, Sussex, until after 1910. By 1978, Hoschild Collection; November 30, 1978, Hochschild Collection sold at Sotheby's, London, lot 86. By 1987, the British Rail Pension Fund; November 19, 1987, sold by the British Rail Pension Fund sale, at Sotheby's, London, lot 48. Spink & Son Ltd, London; By 1996, most probably sold by Spink & Son to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.5 x 38 cm (1 3/4 x 14 15/16 in.) Weight: 149 oz 8 dwt (4648 g)

    Accession Number

    2001.27.2

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (Britannia standard), gilded

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

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  • Relief of Crucified Christ

    Western German (?)
    Medieval
    mid-12th century

    Description

    Figure open in back. Cast in one piece, chased, and mercury gilded. Arms, head and legs solid cast. Christ is shown with his arms raised to the shoulders and slightly bent at the elbows. His body is frontal and symmetrical except for the head tilted to the right and the right knee that is slightly higher than the left. The crown he wears, as ruler of the world, has a hatched border and leaf-like protrusions. Parted in the center and at the back, hair falls over the shoulders in three parallel strands. Large almond-shaped eyes surrounded by fine hatching are closed in death; a moustache, marked by a raised band with hatching, curves downward to the short beard rendered in large curls below ears in the form of a reverse C. The arms and legs, modeled with sharp angles, have engraved lines marking muscles; knees, which are slightly bent, are rendered as slight protruberances. The pectoral area is sharply delineated, parallel diagonal incisions define the ribcage, and a vertical line terminating in a spiral marks the navel. The clinging loincloth (perizonium) is knotted at both sides and falls symmetrically in rippling zigzag folds to just above the knees in front and below the knees in back. The strands of the belt and the border of the loincloth are decorated with a row of dots. A hole in the right side just above the waist may have been for attachment.

    Provenance

    By 1935, Henri Garnier, Lille [see note 1]; 1937, sold by Garnier to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P14025); 1943, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $3000. (Accession Date: June 15, 1943) NOTES: [1] He lent this to the "Exposition de Notre Dame des Ardents et du Calvaire d'Arras dans l'Art et le Folklore," (Arras, June 16-August 1, 1935), cat. no. 156.

    Credit Line

    Otis Norcross Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    18.8 x 16 x 4.06 cm (7 3/8 x 6 5/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    43.146

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded brass (95.9% copper, 2.5% zinc, .9% lead, .7% tin)

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    Europe

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  • Salver

    English (London)
    about 1730
    Marked by Thomas Farren (free 1707, died in 1743)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The oblong tray has a molded stepped rim with a gadrooned border and an applied mask on each of the fours sides. It is formed from heavy sheet and the border is cast, chased and applied. The surface of the tray is decorated with a broad border of engraved and chased stapwork and engraved floral patters. At the center of the tray, the royal coat of arms is engraved. The tray is supported by four scrolled feet in the form of dolphins, cast in halves. The gilding, which covers the underside of the tray and feet, has presumably been renewed.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on the center of the salver, the Royal arms of George I. INSCRIPTIONS: scrathced on underside, "44=0", "2331".

    Markings

    Struck twice on underside, maker's mark TF (Grimwade 2749).

    Provenance

    By 1929, Lord Brownlow, Belton House, near Grantham, Lincolnshire; March 13, 1929, Brownlow sale, Christie's, London, lot 57, to Chrichton Brothers, London. 1961, sold by S.J. Phillips, London, to the MFA for $5,000. (Accession Date: January 11, 1961)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    5.5 x 33.8 x 23.3 cm (2 3/16 x 13 5/16 x 9 3/16 in.) Weight: 1,366.5 gm (43 oz 19 dwt)

    Accession Number

    61.107

    Medium or Technique

    Silver gilt

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Small Spoon

    English (London)
    1775–82
    Marked by William Sumner (I) and Richard Crossley (entered into partnership in 1775)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    Each forged teaspoon has a shallow oval bowl with a plain drop and flattened stem with a ridged Hanoverian end.

    Inscription

    Engraved on front end of the handle,"S / I*A"

    Markings

    On back of stem of each, maker's mark WS over RC (Grimwade 3334); lion passant; an unidentified mark, H with part of a pellet to the right in a square.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 2.4 cm (15/16 in.); L.11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.); Weight: 11.3 gm (7 dwt)

    Accession Number

    RES.33.101

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Partial Leaf from a Breviary

    Southern German or Austrian
    Medieval (Gothic)
    late 12th century

    Place of Manufacture: Europe, Southern Germany or Austria

    Description

    Upper half of one leaf from a breviary, or a service book containing the text for the celebration of the Divine Office (originally measuring approximately 40 x 28 cm).

    Recto: Common of one martyred Pope: …eum pater meis qui est in celis./ Sermo sancti Augustini episcopi de eadem./ Amen amen dico vobis nisi granum…/R. Desiderium animae eijus…/R. Gloria et honore coronasti…/R. Posuisti domine…/…a te tribu…
    Verso: Common of one martyr: …ad dominum qui fecit…/A. Qui me confessus…/Cap. Beatus vir qui…/R. Posuisti…/H. Deus tuorum…/Lec. Matt. Dixit dominus…/…et filiam adversus matrem suam et nu…

    Two columns of 21 (of approximately 40 originally) lines of Latin text. Bounding lines in plummet, full-length to upper edge, writing lines, in plummet, cross intercolumnar space, prickings in upper margin for bounding lines of both columns.

    Written in a late romanesque script in black ink with red rubrics. Two- to three-line initials in red.

    Provenance

    18th century, possibly owned by Professor Johann Friedrich Christ, Leipzig (1700-1756) [see note 1]. By 1913, Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 2]; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917) NOTES: [1] In the 18th century, the partial leaf was folded and used as a pastedown and conjoint flyleaf for a copy of John of Salisbury's Policraticus de nugis curialium (Lyons, 1513). According to a label laid-down on the verso (on what would have been the flyleaf in the binding) that refers to a copy listed in the library catalogue of one "I. F. Christ, Leipzig 1757, part 1, p. 334" (i.e. Johann Friedrich Christ). A copy of the catalogue in the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig confirms this reference. It is very likely that it was the very copy bound by this leaf that was owned by Prof. Christ, since the dimensions of the volume are 209 x 150, and the leaf, when folded, would have fit into a book of just that size. [2] From 1913 until it was accessioned, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Dr. Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 20.9 x 27.5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.535

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera and ink on parchment

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  • Cabinet on stand

    French (Paris)
    about 1660

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    One cabinet on stand. Ebony: draws veneered with cherry. Cabinet interior inlaid with ivory. Fourteen drawers and a compartment inlaid with ivory, cherry and ebony.

    Provenance

    By 1681, Duke of Hamilton, Hamilton Palace, Scotland [see note 1]; 1882, sold at Hamilton Palace Collection sale (1882), Christie Manson Woods, lot 1284 and bought by T. Laurie and Son. Private collection. Private collection [see note 2]. May 2, 1937, sold at Christie Manson Woods, London, lot 151, and bought by Lady Flavia Anderson, Edinburgh; 1977, sold by Lady Anderson to Alexander and Berendt, Ltd., London; 1981, sold by Alexander and Berendt to the MFA. (Accession date: December 1, 1981) NOTES: [1] Recorded in the Hamilton Palace inventory of 1681. [2] See MFA curatorial recommendation, which states that the cabinet passed through two private collections before it was sold at Christie Manson Woods in 1937.

    Credit Line

    Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    189.23 x 161.29 x 53.97 cm (74 1/2 x 63 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.656

    Medium or Technique

    Ebony veneer on pine; cherry, ivory

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  • Caster

    English (London)
    1725–26
    Marked by Paul de Lamerie (Dutch (active in England) 1688–1751)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck under base with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1725-6) and with maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie; the cover of the larger caster with lion's head erased and maker's mark.

    Provenance

    Made for Thomas Secker, Bishop of Oxford, Archibishop of Canterbury (b. 1683 - d. 1768). Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929); February 28, 1991, sold by the 5th Earl of Rosebery's Trust Settlement at Sotheby's, London, lot 207, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (of largest): 23 x 9 x 9 cm (9 1/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.) Weight: 50 oz (1568g)

    Accession Number

    2001.47.2a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (Britannia standard)

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241A)

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Pomona

    German
    1932
    Gerhard Marcks (German, 1889–1981)

    Description

    Limestone. Nude figure with hair braided at neck, scarf held in both hands across lower back, seated on block of two rectangles, solid behind and beneath raised right leg.


    Marcks carved this figure of the Roman goddess of fruit trees after a 1928 trip to Greece and Rome solidified his passion for early Greek sculpture. Though he explored Expressionism early in his career, Marcks later said: “I stayed with the Greeks; … in an epoch dominated by a subjective conception of art, I strive for an objective art, for craftsmanship, tradition, nature.”

    Provenance

    Sold by the artist to Fritz von Borries (b. 1892 - d. 1975), Lübeck and Bad Schwartau, Germany [see note 1]; between about 1952 and 1957, sold by von Borries, possibly through the Galerie Günther Francke, Munich, to the Galerie Rudolf Hoffmann, Hamburg; 1958, sold by Galerie Rudolf Hoffmann to the MFA for $2,400. (Accession Date: January 9, 1958) NOTES: [1] Arie Hartog of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus kindly provided the MFA with documentaton of the sale of this sculpture to Fritz von Borries (a friend of the artist's family) of Lübeck after it was exhibited at the Galerie Cassirer in 1933.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Copyright

    (c) Gerhard-marcks-Stiftung, Breman 2010

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 95.3 cm (37 1/2 in.) Front edge: 13.5 inches Back edge: 14.25 inches Sides are about 18.5 inches

    Accession Number

    58.18

    Medium or Technique

    Austrian limestone

    On View

    Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

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    Europe

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  • Folding Armchair

    1950
    Maison Jansen (French)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 2001, Emma Son, New York, NY; March, 2001, sold by Emma Son to Saul and Gitta Kurlat, Cambridge, MA; 2001, gift of Saul and Gitta Kurlat in memory of James Mills. (Accession date: September 26, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift in memory of James Mills

    Details

    Dimensions

    92.1 x 62.2 x 91.4 cm (36.25 x 24.5 x 36 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.580.1

    Medium or Technique

    Steel, brass, leather

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Furniture

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  • Plaque with Head in Medallion

    German (Cologne)
    Medieval
    about 1183
    Maker Unidentified

    Object Place: Europe, Cologne, Germany

    Description

    Lozenge plaque with four pinholes. Hammered, champlevé, enameled, and gilded. Enamel color is lapis blue. Trilobed gilded leaves in relief fill the corners around a medallion with a frontal head in reserve against a lapis-blue ground.

    Provenance

    About 1183, the Shrine of Saint Anno, Saint Michael's Abbey, Siegburg, Germany (original commission); about 1901-1902, removed from the shrine by Paul Beumers, Düsseldorf [see note 1]. 1939, with Geladakis (dealer), Paris; August 21, 1939, sold by Geladakis to the Brummer Gallery, New York; April 20-23, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 697, to Georg Swarzenski (b. 1876 - d. 1957), Boston; by descent to Anna Maria Swarzenski, Boston; 1974, sold from the estate of Anna Maria Swarzenski to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 11, 1974) NOTES: [1] See Hanns Swarzenski and Nancy Netzer, "Medieval Objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Enamels and Glass" (Boston, 1980), p. 60, cat. no. 13. The shrine was moved to the Treasury of Saint Servatius in the 19th century. Beumers restored several of the shrines in the Treasury in 1901-1902 and probably removed it at that time.

    Credit Line

    Seth K. Sweetser Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    2.7 x 2.7 cm (1 1/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.535

    Medium or Technique

    Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Spouted drug jar

    Italian (Castelli)
    Renaissance
    about 1540–50
    Workshop of Orazio Pompei (Italian (Castelli))

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Spout in shape of a dragon; blue scrolls around handle; blue and yellow on cover; Sy Urbino II on a band around bottom. No mark. From the Orsini-Colonna group.


    Spouted containers such as this one typically held medicinal syrups that were dispensed by pharmacies and hospitals.

    Inscription

    Sy Urbino II

    Provenance

    William Homer (b. 1847 - d. by 1903), Boston; 1903, bequest of William Homer to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1903)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Homer

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 29.5cm (11 5/8in.)

    Accession Number

    03.1059a

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

    On View

    Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

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    Europe

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    Ceramics

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  • Vessel form from 'Terra' series

    1994
    Barbara Nanning (born in 1957)

    Object Place: Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Description

    Circular bowl with side sloping slightly concave rim overhanging edge of bowl.Interior of bowl has raised parallel striations. Entire surface coated with numerous layers of sprayed lacquer and sand combined with dark green pigment.

    Provenance

    1994, sold by the artist, Barbara Nanning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to the MFA. (Accession date: May 25, 1994)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.6 x 25.4 cm (3 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    1994.92

    Medium or Technique

    Stoneware, lacquer, sand, pigment

    On View

    Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery (Gallery 258)

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics

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  • Toy Saucepan

    English (London)
    about 1720
    Marked by David Clayton (free 1689)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The bulbous pan, formed from two pieces of sheet, has a narrow crimped rim and a turned wooden handle mount on a cylindrical socket.

    Inscription

    Markings

    On underside, maker's mark DC (Grimwade 452); lion passant.

    Provenance

    John S. Barnet, Shreve, Crump & Low, Co., Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: December 8, 1955)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 3.6 cm x W. 7.7 cm x D. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 7/16 in.); Weight: 14.2 gm (9 dwt)

    Accession Number

    55.974

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, wood, ivory

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Jug (Bartmannskrug)

    German (Frechen)
    17th century
    1600–25

    Object Place: Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1890, Louisa Dumaresq Perkins Hunt (d. 1897) [see note 1]; 1897, after her death, by descent to her children, Elinor Hunt Diederich, Enid Hunt Slater (d. 1928), and Paul Hunt; inherited by Paul Hunt's son, William Morris Hunt II, Brookline, MA; 2000, partial gift of William Morris Hunt II to the MFA. (Accession date: January 24, 2001) NOTES: [1] From 1890 until her death, this piece was loaned by Louisa Dumaresq Perkins Hunt to the MFA. Upon her death in 1897, it was loaned to the MFA by her daughter, Enid Hunt Slater, executrix of her estate.

    Credit Line

    Partial gift of William Morris Hunt II

    Details

    Dimensions

    33 x 29.6 cm (13 x 11 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.1227

    Medium or Technique

    Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt decoration

    On View

    Manning House (Gallery LG36)

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    Europe

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  • Relief of Christ Enthroned

    French (Limoges)
    Medieval
    second quarter of 13th century
    Made at Limoges (France)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    Seated figure in low relief; two pinholes. Single copper sheet, cut out, repoussé, champlevé, chased, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are white, yellow, and lapis blue in single fields. The crown with a central protruding cross and blue enamel band is attached; the eyes are inlaid with light-blue stones. Draped in a tunic with a yellow collar and a pallium with engraved folds, the seated Christ lifts his right arm in benediction and raises a closed white book, close to his side, in his left hand. His hair falls close to the head. The feet rest on a crosshatched crescent.

    Provenance

    1949, French and Company, New York; 1949, sold by French and Co. to the MFA for $100. (Accession Date: November 10, 1949)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    8.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 cm (3 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.1203

    Medium or Technique

    Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Enamels

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  • Shell-Shaped Dish

    English
    about 1718
    Marked by John Bache

    Description

    Markings

    Struck on valve with maker's mark of John Bache.

    Provenance

    Probably made for Sir John Curzon, 3rd Bt (d. 1727), Kedleston. By descent to Viscount Scarsdale and the Kedleston Trustees; March 7, 1990, sold by Viscount Scarsdale and the Kedleston Trustees at Christie's, London, lot 180. S. J. Phillips Ltd., London; By 1996, most probably sold by S. J. Phillips to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.3 x 12 x 12 cm (1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.) Weight: 25 oz (778g)

    Accession Number

    2001.41.6

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Silver

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  • Pilaster

    Italian (Central Italy)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second half of 12th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Central Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    1929, Alfredo Barsanti, Rome; August 18, 1929, sold by Barsanti to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P6511); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 576, to the MFA for $125. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949)

    Credit Line

    William Francis Warden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    140.97 x 47.0 x 10.2 cm (55 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.531

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Kneeling chair

    Chaise en prie-dieu

    French (Paris)
    1787
    Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (French, 1747–1803)

    Description

    Part of a complete set of gilded wood furniture, delivered in 1787 to Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d’Avray. Part of a suite of bedroom furniture (including Bed 21.1265, Bergere 26.640, Firescreen 27.533, 2 Armchairs 50.2342, 53.2851, and 4 Side Chairs 27.524, 27.525, 47.244, and 53.2850)


    Chairs with low seats and high backs with padded rails had various functions, depending on their location. This chair, ordered as apart of a set of bedroom furnishings, likely served as a kneeling chair for saying prayer. Voyeuses were also used in gaming rooms; the spectators knelt on the seat and rested their arms on the padded rails of backs while observing games of cards or roulette.

    Provenance

    1787, delivered to Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d'Avray, intendant-general of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, Paris [see note 1]; 1792, seized by the French government [see note 2]. 1794-1796, acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston, MA [see note 3]; after 1796, with his wife Hepzibah Clark Swan (d. 1825), Dorchester, MA; 1825, after her death, by inheritance to one of her three daughters; by inheritance to her descendants, Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White [see note 4]; 1953, gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White. (Accession date: September 10, 1953) NOTES: [1] see Howard Rice, "Notes on the Swan Furniture," MFA Bulletin, Vol 38, p. 36-48. [2] After the downfall of the monarchy on August 10, 1792, Thierry was imprisoned and his belongings were seized. He died in the massacres at the Prison de l'Abbaye in September, 1792. [3] James Swan was a merchant established in Paris, and was appointed an official agent for the purchase of supplies in the United States in 1794 by the French Government. His partner was Johann-Caspar Schweizer, a Swiss. According to Howard Rice, the French Government placed at his disposal luxury goods to be exchanged in America for food supplies and war materials. The Swan and Schweizer agency shipped these articles to the United States between 1794-1795, where much of it was sold. However, this piece was among those that Swan kept for his personal use. See H. Rice "James Swan, Agent of the French Republic 1794-1796" The New England Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 3, Sept. 1937, p. 464-486. [4] The three daughters of James and Hepzibah Swan were Mrs. John T. Sargent, Mrs. William Sullivan, and Mrs. John C. Howard, all of Boston, MA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple and Mrs. Alice Wayland Hudson White

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 94 x 60.6 x 57.2 cm (37 x 23 7/8 x 22 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    53.2092

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded beech

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Furniture

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  • Water Jug

    English (London)
    1850 or 1851
    Marked by David Reid for Reid & Sons (Newcastle, England (est. 1788))

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The jug has a globular body with six vertical ribs and panels and a long neck with a shaped rim. It rests on a raised lobed foot. The body is raised from sheet, and the base is sheet. Each panel has an oval reserve at the midsection of the jug that is engraved with flowers against a hatched ground. The oval is framed with rococo-style engraving that trails into the neck of the jug. The rim is reinforced with a cast scrolled border. The domed, lobed cover is hinged and surmounted with a cast scroll finial. The high handle, cast in two pieces and seamed vertically, terminates in scrolls. It is joined in two places with two pinned ivory spacers.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on upper body, an unidentified crest (a goose or duck holding in its beak a flower slipped) INSCRIPTIONS: on rim of foot, REID & SONS, Fecerunt; inside foot rim, REID & SONS NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE; stamped, 474; engraved in panel on front, Exhibited at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park/1851; on underside of foot, PRESENTED/TO/FREDK.WM.REMNANT ESQR./BY HIS SINCERE FRIEND/CHARLOTTE ANNAN

    Markings

    On spout near rim, maker's mark DR (Culme 2774); lion passant (repeated on handle); leopard's head; date letter P (repeated on handle); sovereign's head.

    Provenance

    Gift from Charlotte Annan to Frederick William Remnant; sold Sotheby's, London, May 3, 1984, lot 154; sold Christie's, London, March 2, 1994, lot 34; Wynard R. T. Wilkinson, London, purchased June 22, 1994, The John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund. (Accession Date: June 22, 1994)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 36.6 cm x W. 16 cm x D. 143.8 cm (14 7/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 13/16 in.); Weight: 946.9 gm (30 oz 9 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1994.193

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, ivory

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Necklace in the archaeological revival style

    Italian (Rome)
    19th century
    about 1880
    Possibly by Castellani (Italian, 1814-1930) (Italian)

    Object Place: Europe, Italy

    Description

    The amber can be removed from setting. Part of a suite that includes a brooch (02.92) and pair of earrings (02.93-02.94). There is a removable segment at the back of the necklace to make it shorter.


    Buffum eventually donated his collection of 164 amber works to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1902. The objects were of the highest caliber and included reliquaries, chess sets, statuettes, jewelry caskets (see p. 86–87), and personal adornments. Among the jewels, the most significant is this suite in the archaeological revival style. Buffum was closely involved in its design, having based it on a multihued amber necklace worn by a young woman he met while vacationing in Sicily. He noted that the gems in the necklace ranged in color from “faint blue to deepest azure, from pale rose to intense, pigeon blood, ruby red.”1 By the time Buffum acquired the amber for this necklace, however, the availability of Sicilian specimens in a range of hues had greatly diminished.
    Yvonne J. Markowitz, “Necklace in the Archeological Revival Style” in Artful Adornments: Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Yvonne J. Markowitz (Boston: MFA Publications, 2011), 84-85.

    Markings

    Unmarked

    Provenance

    Made for William Arnold Buffum; 1902, bequest of William Arnold Buffum to the MFA. (Accession date: January 1, 1901)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Arnold Buffum

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 51.5 cm (20 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    02.91

    Medium or Technique

    Gold and amber

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Jewelry

    Classifications

    Necklaces and neck bands

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  • Sauceboat

    English (London)
    1757–58
    Marked by Edward Wakelin (free 1748, died in 1784)

    Description

    Markings

    Sauceboats: Struck under lips with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1757-8) and with maker's mark of Edward Wakelin. Ladles: Struckon stems with hallmarks (one illegible, the other with leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1757-8) and both with maker's mark of Edward Wakelin.

    Provenance

    Made for Hannah Sophia, Countess of Exeter (1702-65); by descent within Exeter family until 1959. July 17, 1959, sold by the Most Hon. The Marquess of Exeter at Christie's, London, lot 66. April 24, 1986, sold by an anonymous owner at Sotheby's, London, lot 149, where most probably bought by Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (sauceboats): 15.9 x 23 x 10.5 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/16 x 4 1/8 in.) Other (ladles): 19 cm (7 1/2 in.) Total weight: 51 oz 7 dwt (1598g)

    Accession Number

    2001.76.2a

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard)

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Caryatid group of a deacon and two acolytes

    Italian (Bologna)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    1265–68
    Attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio (Italian)

    Description

    These three clerics hold objects used during celebration of the Mass. A deacon-distinguished by his stole and the maniple (a strip of silk worn at Mass) that drapes from his wrist-carries the pillow that supports the missal containing the text of the Mass. The acolytes hold a pitcher for the water or wine and the pyx, a container for the Eucharist. The group was a supporting element for the tomb of Saint Dominic in the church of the same name in Bologna. Arnolfo di Cambio created this sculpture in the shop of his master, Giovanni Pisano; he later became a master sculptor and architect, providing the initial designs for the cathedral in Florence and sculptures for its facade. (MCambareri, 2W02, 2004).

    Provenance

    About 1265/1268, Arca di San Domenico, Bologna (original commission). Publio Podio, Bologna [see note 1]. 1929, Enrico Testa; August 16, 1929, sold by Testa to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P6466); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $45,000. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947) NOTES: [1] Cesare Gnudi, "Nicola, Arnolfo, [e] Lapo" (Florence, 1948), p. 101.

    Credit Line

    Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    102.9 x 29.2 x 21.0 cm (40 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1290

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

    On View

    Museum Council Gallery (Gallery 254)

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver-gilt

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  • Salt

    English (London)
    1824–25
    Marked by Edward Farrell (English, registered in 1813), Probably retailed by Kensington Lewis (English, 1790 - 1854)

    Description

    Each salt is composed of a spiral shell with a fluted lip on clawed legs. Beneath the lip of the salt is a bearded, turbaned demifigure. The whole rests on a base formed of a tortoise. The handle is formed from the serprent’s tail of a fantastic winged creature who perches, as the thumbpiece of the salt, blowing a conch shell. The salt is assembled from heavily cast components, richly chased and thickly gilt.


    In the first part of the nineteenth century, Farrell worked closely with Kensington Lewis, a leading silver retailer and a promoter of historicism. Lewis and his patron the duke of York, who commissioned this salt, were renowned for their taste in flamboyant, highly sculptural metalwork and extravagant reinterpretations of earlier styles.

    Inscription

    ARMORIALS: engraved on the lip of both salts to the right of the handle, the Royal crest with the Garter motto and surmounted by a Royal coronet, presumably for the Duke of York.

    Markings

    To right of handle, lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter i; sovereign's head; to left of hanlde, maker's mark EF (Grimwade 585)

    Provenance

    Made for, Frederick Augustus, Duke of York (1763-1827); March 19, 1827, sold from the Estate of the Duke of York at Christie's, London, lots 85-86, and bought by Thomas B. L. By 1953, with the Rt. Hon. Earl Howe; July 1, 1953, sold by Earl Howe at Christie's, London, lot 109. By 1985, Villiers David, Esq.; November 27, 1985, sold from the collection of the late Villiers David, at Christie's, London, lot 122 and bought by Robert Eaton, for Museumpiece, Zurich. By 1989, with James Robinson, Inc., New York; 1989, sold by James Robinson to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 25, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 22.2 cm x W. 16.5 cm x D. 9.3 cm ( 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 11/16 in.) Weight: 1,077.3 gm (34 oz 13 dwt)

    Accession Number

    1989.313

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Mantelpiece

    French
    about 1928
    Jacques Lipchitz (French (born in Lithuania), 1891–1973)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    A large rectangular block of limestone forming the lintel of a mantelpiece. Carved in bas-relief with two stylized dogs barking at two stylized birds at center. See also 1986.5-6, a pair of andirons.

    Provenance

    1928, commissioned by Jacques Doucet (b.1853 – d.1929) for the Cabinet de l'Orient, in his residence in Neuilly, France; 1929, at Doucet's death, presumably by inheritance to his wife, Jeanne Roger Doucet, Neuilly. Acquired from a private collection by Brame et Lorenceau, Paris [see note 1]; 1986, sold by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986) Notes: [1] According to information provided by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA (December 6, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow, Frederick Brown Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection, Otis Norcross Fund, Gift of Mrs. Winthrop Sargent, Bequest of G. B. Upton, and Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoë Wilbour, by exchange, and Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb

    Copyright

    © Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 46.5 x 150.5 x 32.7 cm, 544 kg (18 5/16 x 59 1/4 x 12 7/8 in., 1199.31 lb.)

    Accession Number

    1986.4

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Virgin and Child

    Italian
    Renaissance
    about 1480–1496–97
    Attributed to Bartolomeo Bellano (Italian (Padua), 1437–1496/7), Formerly attributed to Giovanni Bastianini (Italian (Florence), 1830–1868)

    Object Place: Florence, Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1888, Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917) NOTES: [1] This is probably the object in the Shaw collection described as a high marble relief showing strong Paduan influence, depicting the Madonna and Child at half length. See F. Harck, "Aus amerikanischen Galerien," Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 81.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

    Details

    Dimensions

    Framed: 76 x 55 x 12 cm (29 15/16 x 21 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.) Mount (Two aluminum cleats .009" thick): 4.4 x 54.9 cm (1 3/4 x 21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1472

    Medium or Technique

    Marble; gilded wood frame

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Ewer

    English (London)
    1795–96
    Marked by Peter Bateman (1740–1825), Marked by Ann Bateman (1748–before 1813)

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The jug is vase-shaped and elliptical in section. The trumpet foot is raised and chased with panels of vertical fluting. The body of the vessel, raised from two pieces of sheet, has vertical pannels of fluting alternating with plain panels. A band of reeding is applied to the midsection. The slender neck of the jug has a flaring lip and a hinged, domed cover with an urn-shaped finial. The high ear-shaped handle is mounted on foliate sockets. The rim of the foot and the panels on the body are chased and engraved with a geometric and floral border.

    Inscription

    Engraved on side, ED in monogram / 1750; on opposite side Martha C. Codman 1870.

    Markings

    On underside of foot, sovereign's head; date letter u; leopard's head crowned; lion passant; maker's mark PB over AB (Grimwade 2140);

    Provenance

    Elizabeth Derby, by descent to Martha C. Codman, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Maxim Karolik, for The M. & M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. (Accession Date: October 9, 1941)

    Credit Line

    The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 36 cm (14 3/16 in.); W. 22.7 cm (8 15/16 in.); D. 11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.); Weight: 854 gms (27 0z 9 dwt)

    Accession Number

    41.623

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    On View

    Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Box to hold three Tea Caddies

    English (London)
    1754–55
    Marked by CN

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The tea cansiters are bombé in form, resting on a molded cast foot decorated with a band of cast and chased with spiraling flutes, with chased flowers filling the lobes. An asymetrical cartouche is reserved at the front of each. The high rim is formed from seamed sheet and chased with flowers over the seam. The domed cover has a bezel, a tooled rim and a finial in the form of a flower and stem. It is chased with spiraling flutes and flowers. The inverted pear-shaped sugar box is constructed and decorated in the same way. The canisters are identical in design; the sugar box is similar but has broader proportions. The inverted pear-shaped body rests on a circular domed foot with a band of flowers and foliage against a matted ground. The body is chased with spiral fluting alternating with bands of flowers. There is a cast finial in the form of a flower and a tooled rim.

    Markings

    On all silver sections of lock, hinges, and handle mount, maker's mark CN (unidentified); lion passant.

    Provenance

    According to tradition, given by William Shirley (1694-1771) to an ancestor of Andrew Montgomery Ritchie, by descent to Miss Janet Ritchie, Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 24, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the heirs of Miss Janet Ritchie

    Details

    Dimensions

    H. 20.4 x W. 30.9 x D. 12.8 cm (8 1/16 x 12 3/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.197

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Ornamental Plaque

    German (Cologne)
    Medieval
    about 1181–1200
    Maker Unidentified

    Object Place: Europe, Cologne, Germany

    Description

    Rectangular plaque with four pinholes in corners and minute beading on bottom edge. Hammered, engraved, fired, scraped, and gilded. Two acanthus scrolls and part of a third are shown against a gold ground. A narrow brown border surrounds the design on three sides.

    Provenance

    Julius Goldschmidt, London. By 1950, John Hunt, London and Dublin; 1952, gift of John Hunt to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1952)

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Hunt

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.8 x 2.9 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    52.1083

    Medium or Technique

    Vernis brun and gilding on copper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Enamels

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  • Fluted Dish

    English (London)
    1734–35
    Marked by Paul Crespin (1694–1770)

    Description

    Markings

    Struck on reverses with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1734-5) and with maker's mark of Paul Crespin.

    Provenance

    Probably made for Richard Edgcumbe, Baron Mount Edgcumbe (b. 1680 - d. 1758), Cornwall; after his death, by descent to Richard, Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1720-95). About 1970, with Lord Sieff. Spink & Son Ltd, London; By 1996, most probably sold by Spink & Son to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5 x 24.6 cm (1 15/16 x 9 11/16 in.) Weight: 73 oz (227 g)

    Accession Number

    2001.51.4

    Medium or Technique

    Silver (sterling standard), gilt

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Miniature Spoon

    English (Chester)
    1765–70
    Marked by Richard Richardson II or III

    Object Place: Europe, Chester, England

    Description

    Each fabricated spoon has a small oval bowl and a plain stem with a Hanoverian terminus.

    Markings

    On back of stem of each, maker's mark RR (similar to Jackson, 1989, p. 399 or p. 400)

    Provenance

    Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: December 14, 1939)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

    Details

    Dimensions

    W. 1.2 cm (1/2 in.); L. 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.823

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Virgin and Child

    French
    Medieval (Late Gothic)
    14th century
    Unidentified artist

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1960, Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) and Florence E. Mayer, Williamstown, MA; 1979, gift of Florence E. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

    Details

    Dimensions

    112.4 x 31.1 x 21.0 cm (44 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1979.501

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone (intrasparite) with polychromy

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Platter from the Louis XV Service

    Plat a grosseilles

    French
    1754–55
    Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France), Probably designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis (French, 1699 - 1774)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold. The lobed platter has molded decoration along the rim in the form of scrolling vegetation and gooseberries.

    Markings

    Interlaced Ls in blue enamel, incised i

    Provenance

    Ordered by Louis XV, King of France. By 1992, anonymous collection, USA; 1992, gift of anonymous donor. (Accession date: September 23, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.3 x 26.7 x 38.7cm (1 11/16 x 10 1/2 x 15 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.469

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamels and gilded decoration

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Porcelain

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  • Seated figure against curved wall

    English
    20th century
    1956–57, Cast 1959
    Henry Moore (English, 1898–1986)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Hollow cast bronze; rectangular base with curved seat and high broken wall with striated surface. Female figure with right hand on knee, left on seat.


    “Sculpture, for me, must have life in it, vitality. It must have a feeling for organic form, a certain pathos and warmth.” Thus Moore expressed the approach that guided him in the representation of his favored subject, the human figure. Here, he set the figure against a simple curving wall, creating an environment for it and a shape against which to appreciate its forms and volumes.

    Provenance

    1958, sold by the artist to the MFA for £750 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 11, 1958) NOTES: [1] The sculpture was designed by Henry Moore in 1956-57, purchased by the MFA in 1958, and cast in 1959.

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Copyright

    © The Henry Moore Foundation 2010

    Details

    Dimensions

    69.21 x 91.44 x 53.66 cm (27 1/4 x 36 x 21 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    59.477

    Medium or Technique

    Metal, bronze

    On View

    Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Europe

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Cup

    English
    1770–80
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with the “Mansfield” pattern.

    Inscription

    Mark:Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    6.3 x 7.78 cm (2 1/2 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.940

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Porcelain

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  • Soup Plate

    assiette à potage

    French
    1771
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    One of ten soup plates (65.1896-65.1905), from the service of Mme. du Barry. White ground, border decoration with blue cassoletts laced together by polychrome garlands of flowers. Rim has chin gilding, dotted in blue. Du Barry initials in center D in gold; B in garland of flowers.

    Markings

    Interlaced Ls enclosing date letter S, painter's mark of three dots for Jean-Baptiste Tandart aine (active at Sevres 175401800) below, in black enamel; incised x.

    Provenance

    By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1905

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Porcelain

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  • Le Printemps

    French
    19th century
    1874
    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875)

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Marble bust of young woman wearing a crown of flowers. Head turned toward right. Signed and dated: “J. Bte. Carpeaux, 1874. Three quarter life size.

    Signed

    J. Bte. Carpeaux

    Provenance

    By 1912, M. Raimbeaux, France [see note 1]. January 31, 1936, Harry A. Robinson Sale, Raynes Auction Gallery, NY, lot 33, sold to Arnold Seligmann, New York [see note 2]; 1937, sold by Seligmann to the MFA for $7500. (Accession Date: December 9, 1937) Notes: [1] According to correspondence in the MFA object file from December 6, 1937, the bust was exhibited at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, from May 15 - June 15, 1912 under the catalogue number 139. The catalogue entry cites M. Raimbeaux as the owner. [2] See letter from Robert C. Moeller, III, May 11, 1972, copy in MFA curatorial file.

    Credit Line

    Anna Mitchell Richards Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 57.8 x 31.8 x 27.9cm (22 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 11in.) Block (Dry mounted onto stone or wooden pedestal 1/4 pin): 121.9 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm (48 x 12 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    37.1292

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; Marble

    On View

    State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance (Vestibule on left) (150.10)

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    Sculpture

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  • Cream jug

    English
    1765–85
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    10.5 x 8.9 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.919

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Porcelain

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  • The Burial, Office of the Dead (Leaf from a Book of Hours)

    French (Paris?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    about 1410
    Illuminator Luçon Master (French, active 1390–1417)

    Place of Manufacture: Paris, France

    Description

    A single leaf from a Book of Hours, with a half-page miniature attributed to the Luçon Master (active 1390-1417): in a blue-vaulted church, a black coffin with a gold cross sits in a stone frame, surrounded by candelabras. At a lectern behind the coffin, three tonsured and blue-robed monks sing from an open book. To the left, two mourners draped in black. The image and text are enclosed on three sides (not at the top) by an elaborate gold-leaf cross-hatch frame with spaces filled in colors.

    Latin text written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink, red rubrics. 2 columns of 20 lines of text. Writing lines in light plummet. Psalm incipits 2- to 3-line blue with white highlights and infill of white vine with leaves in colors on gold background. Liturgical initials 1-line blue or pale pink, with infill and colors as with Psalm initials. Half-page miniature attributed to the below the text, but still within the cross-hatch frame, a grisaille vignette of a dog chasing a sheep and a rabbit. Full border on recto and verso of black vines and gold leaves. On verso, ¾ gilt-fillet frame around text with lower corner florets in colors.

    Provenance

    From a Book of Hours, possibly made for Margaret of Bavaria (b. 1363 - d. 1424), wife of John the Fearless of Burgundy [see note 1]. July 20, 1916, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 954 , sold to Bernard Quaritsch, London [see note 2]; about 1916/1917, the manuscript was taken apart and twelve text leaves and twelve miniatures were re-bound. 1917, re-bound manuscript acquired by Alfred Chester Beatty (b. 1875 - d. 1968), London and Dublin, and subsequently broken up [see note 3]; December 3, 1968, Chester Beatty sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 23D, sold to Herbert Bier (dealer), London, in joint ownership with Arthur Kauffmann (dealer), London, and Mrs. F. Scharf [see note 4]; 1969, sold by Herbert Bier to John Goelet; 1973, year-end gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9,1974) NOTES: [1] As first suggested in a letter to the MFA from Christopher de Hamel, Sotheby's, London (March 10, 1983), who noted that the presence in the original manuscript of a miniature of St. Margaret and the metrical legend of the saint suggested a female owner who had a particular devotion to the St. Margaret, such as Margaret of Bavaria. [2] At the time of the sale, the manuscript comprised 110 leaves and was in an eighteenth-century red Morocco binding. Information about its early twentieth-century history was first provided by Christopher de Hamel (as above, n. 1); see also Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Sotheby's, London, July 7, 2015, lot 36. [3] Beatty Western MS.104. Around 1930, the manuscript was broken up and the individual illuminations were mounted and framed separately. [4] Information taken from the Herbert Bier archives, Wallace Collection, London, through the blog http://mssprovenance.blogspot.com ("The Herbert Bier Archive at the Wallace Collection, July 4, 2015).

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (page dimensions): 18.4 x 13.6 cm (7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.691

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera, ink and gold leaf on parchment

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    Europe

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    Manuscripts

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  • Finial in the Shape of the Virgin and Child

    Rhineland
    Medieval (Gothic)
    mid-15th century

    Object Place: Europe, France or Rhineland

    Description

    Three-quarter-length statuette of the Virgin (holding the Christ Child on her left arm and pear in her right hand) emerging from a foliate bulbous base that has a tapered cylinder with a hole for attachment. Made in several pieces, the Virgin is thick, hollow cast and chased; her right hand, Christ, and the pear are solid cast, chased and soldered. Hair eyes, crown, and border of drapery are gilded. The crown is cast in one piece with two rivets for attachment to the top of the head. Wearing a high belted gown and mantle that falls in a loop under the right arm and up behind Christ, the Virgin has long wavy hair parted in the center. The nude Christ, with large head and short curly hair, touches the Virgin’s breast. A hammered base plate with scalloped edge is soldered to the base of the Virgin; below is another hammered plate from which emanate three small curled leaves with chased veins. Comprising upper and lower parts soldered together, the hatched bulbous base has soldered to its top three large leaves with soldered veins that divide and curl in various directions; on its underside are six small curled leaves with chased veins. Also soldered to the underside is a cylinder formed from a single sheet and chased crudely with a chevron pattern between two bands. A solid metal pin (about 30 mm.), wrapped with a drawn silver wire and placed within a thin silver sheath, extends inside from the top of the cylinder to about 5 mm. into the base of the Virgin. Given that the various parts are soldered, the purpose of the pin is unclear.

    Provenance

    Richard von Kaufmann (b. 1849 - d. 1908), Berlin; December 4, 1917, Kaufmann sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 425, sold for 13,000 M. March 5, 1929, anonymous ("v. B." collection) sale, Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, lot 220. 1950, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $2,500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] The MFA acquired accession nos. 50.2, 50.3, and 50.4 together.

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    10.7 x 5.4 x 5.2 cm (4 3/16 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.3

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded silver (Virgin: 94.5% silver, 4.2% copper, .9% gold, .4% lead; Christ: 94.9% silver, 2.7% copper, 2% gold, .4% lead; stem: 94% silver, 4.7% copper, .8% gold, .5% lead)

    On View

    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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  • Plate

    English
    1765–75
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Decorated with a “Pine cone” patter in the center.

    Inscription

    Mark: Printed crescent in blue.

    Provenance

    By 1975, Mrs. Ralph R. (Virgina) Fitch, Maine; 1977, gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch (Accession date: January 11, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ralph R. Fitch

    Details

    Dimensions

    2.86 cm (1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.903

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

    Not On View

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    Europe

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    Porcelain

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  • Bottle

    German
    about 1710–15
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

    Object Place: Meissen, Germany

    Description

    Redware. Based on kendi. Bulbous body with animal head spot on shoulder & four groups of raised floral design. Long cylindrical neck with raised and incised bands of decoration.


    In the 1710s Meissen reproduced the shapes of Chinese and Japanese ceramics in the collection of its patron, Augustus the Strong. This bottle takes the form of a kendi, a water vessel popular throughout East Asia.

    Provenance

    By 1954, Jessie and Sigmund J. Katz; 1954, gift of Jessie and Sigmund J. Katz. (Accession date: June 10, 1954)

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 16.4 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm (6 7/16 x 5 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.678

    Medium or Technique

    Red stoneware with molded decoration

    On View

    Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

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  • Triple pomade box and tray

    English (Stroke-on-Trent)
    about 1753
    Made at Longton Hall Manufactory (England)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    Triple pomade box and tray (one piece): a=apple (lid), b=plum, c=lemon, d=box.Boxes in form and color of apple, plum and lemon with leaf finials and appli ed leaves to join them. Tray of white overlapping leaves veined and decoratedwith scattered insects.

    Provenance

    By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From June 25, 1973, this object was on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.4 x 19.1 x 17.8 cm (2 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 7 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.888a-d

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

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    Europe

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  • Capital

    French (Languedoc)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1200–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Toulouse, France

    Description

    Limestone capital, carved in the Romanesque style.


    Capitals, the crowning elements of columns, provided areas for sculptural decoration in church interiors and monastic cloisters. The most extravagantly carved capitals might include figures, narrative scenes, plant life, animals, or fantastic beasts. These examples display mythical creatures including the dragon and possibly the amphisbaena–a serpent with a head at either end of its body–both believed in medieval times to exist.

    Provenance

    Dikran G. Kelekian, New York [see note 1]. By 1917, Hervey E. Wetzel (b. 1888 - d. 1918); 1918, by inheritance from her cousin, Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, Chicago [see note 2]; 1919, gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 31, 1919). Notes: [1] See W. Cahn and L. Seidel, "Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections, Vol. 1, New England Museums," New York, 1979, p.103. [2] See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918 (copy in MFA curatorial files).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 27 x 22.5 x 22cm (10 5/8 x 8 7/8 x 8 11/16in.)

    Accession Number

    19.645

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

    On View

    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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    Europe

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  • Claret Jug

    English (London)
    1883–84
    Designed by Christopher Dresser (Scottish, 1834–1904), Marked by Edward Hutton

    Object Place: Europe, London, England

    Description

    The clear glass body of the vessel has a cylindrical neck and a flaring geometric base. The underside of the glass is cut with a geometric rosette. The neck is encased in a plain silver collar with a squared, angled spout surmounted by a hinged flat cover. The silver handle is formed of a vertical rod, supported on two horizontal struts that attach to the collar at the top and to a plain silver band at the base. The silver mounts are formed of assembled pieces of sheet. The handle is a seamed tube, attached with cast and fabricated mounts.


    The radical simplicity of Dresser’s designs-particularly the bold forms, angular geometry, and exposed construction-reflects the influence of the arts of Japan. Dresser designed several variations of this jug, which were mounted in either silver or electroplated metal. Of the many versions with the distinctive bar handle, based on a bamboo prototype, this is only example in silver.

    Markings

    Near handle, maker's mark EH (Culme 332b)(repeated inside cover); lion passant (repeated inside cover); leopard's head; date letter H (repeated inside cover); sovereign's head.

    Provenance

    By 1977, with Thomas Lumley, Ltd., dealer, London; 1977, sold by Thomas Lumley to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 11, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 21.4 x 14.8cm (8 7/16 x 5 13/16in.) Other (Overall; handle): 14cm (5 1/2in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.183

    Medium or Technique

    Silver, glass

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Silver

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  • Small tureen and cover

    German
    about 1720; decorated about 1725
    Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Decorated by Independent workshop, Augsburg (German)

    Object Place: Europe, Germany

    Description

    Tureen and cover of hemispherical form decorated with chinoiseries and scrollwork in gold. The tureen stands on three short legs and gently swells toward a wide, flat rim decorated with scrollwork and gold reserves. Two gilt angular handles peak from beneath the rim of the tureen. The cover, crowned with a gilt knob finial, has a flat rim with gilt decoration that matches that of the tureen. The interior surface of both the tureen and cover is gilt.

    Markings

    none

    Provenance

    March 1, 1993, sold from the Korthaus Collection at Christie's, London, lot 15 and bought by the MFA for the Rita and Frits Markus Collection [see note 1]. (Accession date: May 26, 1993)

    Credit Line

    Rita and Frits Markus Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.2 x 15.5cm (5 3/16 x 6 1/8in.) Other (Overall; tureen): 13.4cm (5 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.227a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Hard-paste porcelain with gilded decoration

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    Europe

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    Porcelain

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  • Plate depicting fable "The Ape and the Fox"

    English
    about 1769
    Made at Worcester Manufactory (England), Painted by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale (Irish, active in England 1734–1801)

    Object Place: Europe, England

    Description

    “The Ape and the Fox” - Soft-paste porcelain, fluted rim; mazarine blue ground, elaborate gilt scroll and diaper border around central reserve, in polychrome enamels, after No. 28 in Barlow’s 1666 edition of Aesop’s Fables; gold dentil edge.

    Inscription

    Label of Janet M. Wolfson Collection No. W-65

    Markings

    Mark: fretted square in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    Collection of Lady Corah; July 20, 1971, sold by Lady Corah at Sotheby's, London, lot 66. By 1981, Mrs. Janet M. Wolfson, Brookline, MA; 1982, bequest of Mrs. Janet M. Wolfson. (Accession date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Janet M. Wolfson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.8 x 19.5 cm (1 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.67

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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    Europe

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  • Angel or saint

    German (Augsburg)
    early 18th century
    Ehrgott Bernhard Bendl (1660–1738)

    Object Place: Augsburg, Germany

    Description

    Polychromed wood. Richly gilded drapery in knot at waist, left arm raised, outstretched right hand repaired. Yellowish flesh tones, red on left leg with sandal thongs below knee. On uneven base.

    Provenance

    By 1957, John Hunt, London and Dublin; 1958, sold by Hunt to the MFA for £2700. (Accession Date: February 13, 1958) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 58.43 and 58.44 were purchased together for this price.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    243.84 cm (96 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.43

    Medium or Technique

    Polychromed wood

    On View

    Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III Gallery (Gallery 248)

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  • Head of an Angel

    Italian (Venice or Milan)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    first half of the 15th century
    Unidentified artist

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1962, R. Hein and Bela Desco Hein (b. 1883 - d. 1931), Paris. By 1962, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York. By 1969, John Goelet, New York; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    12.7 x 14 x 11.4 cm (5 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.693

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Flower Vase

    vase hollandois nouveau ovale

    French
    1761–62
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France)

    Description

    The vase is composed of two parts. The upper part is of shaped oval cross section and tapers from a flared, undulating rim to a much narrower base pierced with holes that fits into a shaped oval stand. The stand rests on four feet and has four cartouche-shaped openings in the shoulder. The vase is decorated with a pink (rose) ground over which blue enamel has been applied and then scraped away to create a pattern of C-and S-scrolls and asymmetrical cartouches. Gold dots throughout the ground enhance the swirling effect of the patterns. The central reserve of the vase proper is painted with a couple seated outside a stone building with a thatched roof; the two narrower reserves on the upper part and the three reserves of the stand are painted with landscapes that include various stone buildings and a windmill. Each of the reserves is framed by simply tooled and burnished gilt bands, and double gilt bands decorate the rims of the upper part and of the stand. This vase is the third size of a vase hollandois nouveau ovale.

    Inscription

    Incised ae on base of both vase and stand.

    Provenance

    Until 1928, Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire (b. 1843 - d. 1928), London and Daws Hill, High Wycombe; December 5, 1928, posthumous Marquess of Lincolnshire sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 46, to L. Davis [see note 1]. 1929, Jacques Seligmann et fils, Paris; Arnold Seligmann et Cie., Paris [see note 2]; probably sold by Seligmann to Henry Walters (b. 1848 - d. 1931), New York and Baltimore; May 3, 1941, Sarah Green (Mrs. Henry) Walters sale, Parke Bernet, New York, lot 1366, to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] The buyer's name is recorded in a handwritten annotation in the auction catalogue. [2] MM. J. Séligmann et fils lent the vase to the exhibition "La Porcelaine Française de 1673 à 1914" (Pavillon de Marsan, Palais du Louvre, Paris, November - December, 1929), cat. no. 1940 bis. According to the 1941 auction catalogue ("The Mrs. Henry Walters Art Collection. Volume Two," Parke-Bernet, New York, April 30 - May 3, 1941, p. 461, lot 1366), it had belonged to Arnold Seligmann, Paris. Arnold was Jacques Seligmann's brother; he worked with him until establishing his own firm in Paris in 1912. Henry Walters purchased extensively from the Paris and New York branches of the Seligmann galleries.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.3 x 17 x 14.2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 11/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1791b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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    Europe

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  • Saint Paul

    Italian (Venice ?)
    Medieval (Gothic)
    late 13th century

    Object Place: Venice (?), Italy

    Description

    One of seven stained glass of saints and religious scenes.
    The plaques representing the Nativity, Saint Paul standing in three-quarter view (inscribed: S PAULUS), and a half length frontal figure of Saint Mary Magdalene (inscribed:.SCA MARIA MADALENA) are on purple glass. Those depicting the Annunciation, the Virgin and Child (of the Hodegetria type) under an arch (inscribed MH[TH]P O[EO]Y), a half-length frontal figure of Saint Mark are on dark-blue glass. The decoration and inscriptions are acid-etched, giving a rough, silvery surface to the glass. Gold leaf, in which modeling lines have been scratched, is applied on the front of the glass over the inscriptions, the framing gold bands, the hair and headdresses, the animals, and parts of the architecture and drapery (usually mantles). Thus, the designs depend on the interplay between the etched and gilded surfaces and are read best when placed against a dark ground.

    Provenance

    Probably until 1953, Prince Esterhàzy, Galanta, Hungary; 1953, probably sold by Ezterhàzy to Georges Wildenstein, Wildenstein and Co., New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to John Goelet, New York [see note 2]; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974) NOTES: [1] This is suggested by notes in the MFA curatorial file. [2] See letter from Harry Brooks, President, Wildenstein and Co. to Nancy Netzer of the MFA (August 1, 1985; in MFA curatorial file).

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

    Details

    Dimensions

    6 x 2.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.683

    Medium or Technique

    Glass with gold leaf and lead borders

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  • Two-handled cup and saucer

    tasse à l'Etrusque et soucoupe

    French
    1799
    Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Decorated by Jacques Francois Louis de Laroche (French, active at Sèvres 1758 to 1759–1802)

    Object Place: Europe, France

    Description

    The cup is in the form of a kantharos and the footed saucer has gently sloping sides. Both are decorated with registers of grayish-purple dots with gold centers on a yellow ground. On the cup, the white ground of the middle register is decorated with garlands of pink roses with green leaves within garlands of gilt laurel leaves. On the white ground middle register of the saucer, clusters of pink roses arranged in a zigzag pattern overlap branches with green leaves and red berries.

    Markings

    Cup: Sevre, the number 99 below, painter's mark of a scrolling h for Jacques-Francois-Louis de Laroche to one side, in blue enamel. Saucer: painted marks as above; incised 41; outside of footring: p.t. 1792 Huny in ink; paper label with number 337; paper label with Collection Ed. Chappey.

    Provenance

    Edouard Chappey, Paris. By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 9.3 x 16.4 x 11.5 cm (3 11/16 x 6 7/16 x 4 1/2 in.) Other (saucer): 3.4 x 17.6 cm (1 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1867a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

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    Europe

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  • Zoomoprhic effigy pendant

    Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
    A.D. 500–1530

    Object Place: Quindío or Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Colombia

    Description

    Cast gold, open backed zoomorphic effigy pendant perhaps representing a crouching feline. The front paws terminate in suspension rings. One of a group of bead-like pendants 1975.214-.217.

    Provenance

    Collected by Joaquin Arciniégas, Colombia, by March 1, 1906 (to San José, Costa Rica by May 23, 1908; to San Salvador, El Salvador by June 19, 1916); sold to Doctor Daniel Villatoro Rugama, San Salvador, El Salvador, August 6, 1929; sold to Oliverio Girondo, Paris, January 10, 1930 (to Argentina probably after 1946); with Leon Buki, Buenos Aires, Argentina by January 2, 1975; with Alphonse Jax, New York, by February 1975; to Landon T. Clay, Boston; to MFA, March 12, 1975, gift.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Landon T. Clay

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.5 x 1.2 x 2.7 cm (9/16 x 1/2 x 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1975.214

    Medium or Technique

    Gold alloy

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    Americas, Jewelry

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    Pendants

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