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Relief-Blue Jar with a Fish

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Relief-Blue Jar with a Fish






Florence (probably), Tuscany, Italy (Place Created)


about 1420–1440


Tin-glazed earthenware

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16.5 × 9.7 × 12.2 cm (6 1/2 × 3 13/16 × 4 13/16 in.)

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Luigi Grassi II (Florence, Italy), sold to August Lederer.

by August 1,1927 - 1936

August Lederer, 1857 - 1936 (Bartensteingasse 8, Vienna I, Austria), by inheritance to his widow, Serena Lederer, 1936.
Source: Archive of the Bundesdenkmalamt (BDA) - Archive, Restitutionsmaterialien, Karton 9, Mappe 1a, Sammlung Lederer 1922-1939, p. 159.

1936 - until at least November 26, 1938

Serena Lederer, 1867 - 1943 (Bartensteingasse 8, Vienna I, Austria), confiscated by the Gestapo (at the direction of the Zentralstelle für Denkmalscuhtz), per the order of the Wiener Magistrat, Magistratsabteilung 2, dated November 26, 1938.
Source: BDA - Archive, Box 9, Lederer 1940-1946, No.1, p. 6, no. 183.

after November 26, 1938 -1945

In the possession of the Nazis, valued at 1,200 Reichsmarks and stored, by autumn 1939, at the Zentraldepot at Neue Burg, Vienna; moved to "R.B. Depot," meaning the Reichsbank (the Austrain National Bank), (Vienna 1, Austria), March 30, 1942; evacuated to the salt mines at "Aussee" (Altausee, Austria), October 7, 1943; recovered by the US Forces (80th Infantry Division, Task Force Pearson), May 8, 1945.
Source: Index card of the Nazi administration/Zentralstelle für Denkmalschutz, Lederer, Serena, number 183: "Majolikatopf, Blaumalerei. 16 cm hoch. Florentinisch 2. Hälfte 15. Jh." BDA-Archive, Restitutionsmaterialien, Karton 6/1, Mappe 58, fol. 11.

1945 -1947

In custody of the Allied Forces, (salt mines at Altaussee, Austria), released to the Republic of Austria by December 1, 1947.

1947-probably 1948

Austrian government, restituted to the son of Serena Lederer, Erich Lederer.

1947/1948 - 1985

Erich Lederer, 1896 - 1985 (Geneva, Switzerland), by inheritance to his widow, Elisabeth Lederer, 1985.


Mrs. Elisabeth Lederer (Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.


Rothenstein, John. "Shorter Notices: Two Pieces of Italian Pottery." Burlington Magazine 85 (August 1944), p. 205, pl. C.

Cora, Galeazzo. Storia della maiolica di Firenze e del contado; Secoli XIV e XV, 2 vols. (Florence: n.p., 1973), 1: p. 78; 2: fig. 83C.

Conti, Giovanni. L'arte della maiolica in Italia, 2nd ed. (Milan, Bramante: 1980), no. 48.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 251, no. 213, ill.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Maiolica: Catalogue of the Collections (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), pp. 26-27, no. 6.

Conti, Giovanni, et al. Zaffera et similia nella maiolica italiana, exh. cat. (Viterbo: Faul Editore Artistique, 1991), p. 258, no. 94.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 175, no. 344.

Hess, Catherine. Italian Ceramics: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), pp. 42-45, no. 5.

Lillie, Sophie. Was Einmal War. Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen Wiens (Vienna: Czernin Verlag, 2003), p. 670, no.183. ("Kunstgegenstände aus der Sammlung Serena Lederer, Wien 1, Bartensteingasse 8. Gutachten von Dr. Hans Herbst, Chefexperte der Kunstabteilung des Dorotheums und gerichtlich beeideter Sachverständiger für den Kunsthandel, Wien VIII., Lange Gasse 29 / I. Datiert Wien, 20. November 1940.").