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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Bell

1550-1600 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This bell-shaped goblet was designed to be used for special toasts. After emptying its contents, the drinker would turn the glass upside-down to ring the bell. The original bell-clapper is missing, but there is an additional bell incorporated in the mount. The coat of arms on the mount is that of the Van der Eyken family, who lived near Antwerp in the 16th century. The shells from the coat of arms are repeated in the gilding on the glass.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Glass, with applied moulded decoration and gilt, opaque turquoise details, and silver gilt mount
Brief Description
Bell, blown glass, Southern Netherlands, 1550-1600
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.0cm
  • Maximum width: 12.5cm
conversion size only
Styles
Gallery Label
The coat of arms on the mount is that of the Van der Eyken family, seated near Antwerp in the 16th century. The shells from the coat of arms are repeated in the gilding on the glass.
Credit line
Wilfred Buckley Collection
Production
cf. masks with c. 209-1936 mount shows coat of arms with three shells, also shells in gilt decoration. cf. R. Chambon 1955, Pl. VII, 26 (= very similar bell) and Pl. X, 38 (+Berkemeyer with similar masks, with diamond-engraving dated 1592) Similar bell sold Christie's London, 9-7-1997, lot 460 (of same size = 19 cm.)
Summary
This bell-shaped goblet was designed to be used for special toasts. After emptying its contents, the drinker would turn the glass upside-down to ring the bell. The original bell-clapper is missing, but there is an additional bell incorporated in the mount. The coat of arms on the mount is that of the Van der Eyken family, who lived near Antwerp in the 16th century. The shells from the coat of arms are repeated in the gilding on the glass.
Bibliographic Reference
cf. very similar piece in Rijksmuseum, cat. 99 seems exactly the same apart from gilding and mount.
Other Number
8464 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
C.218-1936

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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