Figure of Andromeda

French
19th century


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Height 29.84 cm (11 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.33

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Glazed brown terracotta Andromeda standing and chained to upright rock marbleized blues, manganese, green, yellow. Blue chains on wrists and ankles, left hand over head. White body, blue-green fig leaf, manganese hair. Back or rock crackles white. Top corner, upper right, tip of nose, broken off.

Provenance

Count Hans Johann Nepomuk von Wilczek (b. 1837 - d. 1922), Kreuzenstein, Austria [see note 1]. Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 2]; possibly sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York; May 10, 1963, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1965, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (May 10, 1963; in MFA curatorial file).

[2] According to an interoffice memorandum from Hanns Swarzenski to R. Thornton Wilson (January 13, 1965; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the figure in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection have not been successful.

With the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in March, 1938, the possessions of Oscar and Elisabeth Bondy were seized and expropriated almost immediately by Nazi forces. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the years following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market, particularly through Blumka Gallery. For further on Oscar Bondy, see Sophie Lillie, Was einmal war: Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens (Vienna, 2003), pp. 216-245.

Credit Line

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