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Bell - Handbell

Handbell

  • Object:

    Bell

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (northern, made)
    Ferrara (town) (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1491-1496 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alberghetti, Giovanni (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bell-metal

  • Museum number:

    335-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case SS3

A hand bell would have been used to summon servants. This one, signed with the dialect name of Giovanni Alberghetti was probably made when the foundry was working for Duke Ercol d'Este in Ferrara. A similar bell in Washington, also signed by Giovanni, shows the portrait and personal devices of Ludovico Sforza, 'Il Moro', who married Ercole's daughter Beatrice in 1491. The Washington bell may have been made to commemorate the marriage and this bell was probably made about the same time.

Physical description

Hand bell with peacocks and vases, bell-metal

Place of Origin

Italy (northern, made)
Ferrara (town) (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1491-1496 (made)

Artist/maker

Alberghetti, Giovanni (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bell-metal

Marks and inscriptions

OPUS ZANINI ALBERGETI
The work of Zanini Albergeti

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm, Diameter: 9.2 cm, Weight: 0.48 kg

Descriptive line

Bell, ca. 1491-6, Alberghetti, northern Italy

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1886. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887. pp.40
Motture, Peta. Bells & Mortars. Catalogue of Italian Bronzes in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2001. pp. 99-100. cat. no. 17
Pope-Hennessey, John. Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H.Kress Collection. Renaissance Bronzes. London. 1965. pp. 125, no. 462
Radcliffe, Anthony, Baker, Malcolm and Maek- Gérard. The Thyseen- Bornemisza Collection. Renaissance and later sculpture with works of art in bronze. London. 1992. pp. 225

Labels and date

HAND BELL with peacocks and vases
About 1491-6
Giovanni Alberghetti (active 1484-1509)

A hand bell would have been used to summon servants. This one, signed with the dialect name of Giovanni Alberghetti, was probably made when the foundry was working for Duke Ercole d'Este in Ferrara. Later Giovanni worked for the Gonzaga court in Mantua, where Ercole's daughter, Isabella, was marquise. She too was a keen collector of bronzes, both modern and antique.

Northern Italy, probably Ferrara

Bell-metal

Inscribed in Latin, 'The work of Zanini Albergeti'

Museum no. 335-1886 [2008]

Materials

Bell metal

Categories

Metalwork; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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