Jan van den Eynde II, bronze table bell

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Origin
Antwerp
Period
1548
Material
Bronze
Height
12.2 cm
Diameter
9 cm
Literature

Similar table bell: B. Descheemaeker, Ars Longa, catalogue 20, cat. no. 10, p. 50, 51.

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Description

This refined table bell was made by Jan van den Eynde II, who signed his work as Iohannes a Fine. The upper frieze of the bell bears the inscription 'LOF GODT VAN AL'. Below it are floral motifs, with a deer, a monkey and two full-length figures. The figures represent a jester, with mirror and jester's hat, and Judith, with the severed head of Holofernes in one hand and a sword in the other. Above the deer and the monkey is a cherub. On the lower frieze is the inscription 'ME FECIT IOHANNES A FINE ANNO 1548': Johannes a Fine made me in 1548. The handle is shaped like a column, with openwork leaf motifs on the sides and a tapering top, decorated with flowers. The bell has an iron clapper.

Jan van den Eynde II was born in Mechelen in 1515 as the son of Jan van den Eynde I. He took over his father's foundry and is mainly renowned for his small and refined table shells. He is also known for a number of mortars. He was active in Antwerp from 1545 until his death in 1556. He latinised his name to Johannes a Fine. 

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