dated 1584

Object Place: Europe, Germany


Height 43.2 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed stoneware with stamped and applied ornament

Not On View





Narrow neck with applied lion’s masks, band of fluting on wide shoulder. Impressed band with scenes of Susanna and the Elders after prints by Konrad Goltzius over inscription, date & signature of Kran. Paneled and tapering to narrow base; triangles cut in panels. Heavy scroll handle has pewter for (lost) cover.


date & signature of Kran


Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Elisabeth Bondy, Vienna and New York [see note 1]; probably sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 2]; 1958, acquired from Blumka, by exchange, by the MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 1958)

[1] Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, had owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art, which was seized and expropriated with the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in 1938. This jug is identifiable in two undated photographs of a room in Bondy's Vienna home (copy in MFA curatorial file).

[2] 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.

Credit Line

Gift of J. Templeman Cooldige, by exchange