Bronze table bell, attributed to Jan van den Eynde II

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Origin
Malines
Period
Circa 1515 - 1545
Material
Bronze
Height
13.5 cm
Diameter
9 cm
Literature

Similar table bell: B. Descheemaeker, Tam Sublimibus, catalogue 17, cat. no. 11, p. 17. & Ars Longa, catalogue 20, cat. no. 10, p. 50, 51.

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Description

On the upper frieze of this refined table bell is the inscription 'O MATER DEI MEMENTO MEI', which means 'O mother of God, think of me'. Between the text, the coat of arms of Mechelen can be seen. In the middle of the bell, the annunciation is depicted, with on the one side a kneeling Mary near an open book and on the other side Gabriel holding a staff. Next to Mary and Gabriel, a classical vase is depicted. Between the figures are floral motifs with a mask in the centre. The lower frieze of the table bowl is decorated with leaf motifs and ears of corn. The handle of the bell consists of two standing putti. The clapper of the bell is made of bronze.

The bell is attributed to Jan van den Eynde II, born in Mechelen in 1515. He was the son of Jan van den Eynde I and took over his father's foundry. He is mainly known for his small and refined table shells. A number of mortars by him are also known. He was active in Antwerp from 1545 until his death in 1556, so the coat of arms of Mechelen on this bell indicates that it was made before 1545. He changed his name to Johannes a Fine.

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