Stove tile with Warrior

about 1570


Overall: 30.5 x 20 cm (12 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Unglazed earthenware

Not On View





Stove tile depicting warrior in garb of the 16th century Swiss papal guard standing in archway with inscription “TRABANT”, 2 angel heads in each upper corner. Brown clay.


Inscription in archway "TRABANT".


Possibly Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944), Vienna and New York [see note 1]; possibly sold from the Bondy collection to Blumka Gallery, New York; January 8, 1965, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1983, bequest of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

[1] According to a letter from R. Thornton Wilson to Perry Rathbone of the MFA (January 9, 1965; in MFA curatorial file). Attempts to identify the tile 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

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