A pair of cast bronze 'Hemony' bells

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Lot 216
A pair of cast bronze 'Hemony' bells

Art & Antiques
Two-Day Sale

14 Jun 2008, 10:00 BST

Chester

A pair of cast bronze 'Hemony' bells
Each with veiled female bust over a band of Latin script with pseudo date "F HEMONY ME FECIT 1569' and a relief of cavorting putto musicians 16cm high (2)

Footnotes

  • Francois Hemony (1608/9-1670) was one of a family of famous bellmakers working initially in Amsterdam, but also in Belgium and Germany, during the 17th Century. These later reproduction bells with impossibly early dates are thought to have been retailed as souvenirs in the Low Countries.
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