Terracotta mold

about 1520
Maximinen Strasse

Object Place: Europe, Germany


Diameter 11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terra cotta

Not On View





Mould (for wafering iron?). Tree of Jesse, recumbent figure and seven small hatted half-length figures above.


Oscar Bondy (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Elisabeth Bondy, Vienna and New York [see note 1]; probably sold by Mrs. Bondy to Blumka Gallery, New York [see note 2]; December 30, 1959, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1960, gift of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1960)

[1] A label remains on the underside of the mold reading "O. Bondy". Attempts to identify this sculpture in inventories of Oscar Bondy's collection, however, have not been successful.

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. 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.

Credit Line

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