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Master mold for a stove tile

early 16th century

Object Place: Europe, Germany


Overall: 26.7 x 9.8 cm (10 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Hafner ware master mould for a stove tile with figure of a Prophet on an angle corbel. Signed on the back “Grorg” and an illegible word.


1938, Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Elisabeth Bondy, Vienna; 1938, confiscated from Oscar and Elisabeth Bondy by Nazi forces (no. OB 1047) [see note 1]; stored at the Central Depot, Neue Burg, Vienna, and probably removed to Alt Aussee [see note 2]; 1945, recovered by Allied forces and subsequently returned to Elisabeth Bondy, New York; probably sold by Mrs. Bondy to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 3]; February 11, 1961, sold by Blumka Gallery to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1961, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 11, 1961)

[1] 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. This tole mold is listed in a Nazi-generated inventory of the collection (July 4, 1938; Vienna, BDA-Archiv, Restitutions-Materialen, K 8/1), as no. 1047 ("Kachelmatrizze, Bischof, Mitte 18. Jh. H.26.5").

[2] Many works of art stored elsewhere by the Nazis were moved to the abandoned salt mines of Alt Aussee in Austria, to be kept stafe from wartime bombing.

[3] 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.

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