A DUTCH BRONZE BELL
A DUTCH BRONZE BELL

FRANCOIS HEMONY, AMSTERDAM. CIRCA 1663

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A DUTCH BRONZE BELL
FRANCOIS HEMONY, AMSTERDAM. CIRCA 1663
With foliate cast band above the inscription +FRANCISCUS HEMONY ME FECIT AMSTELODAMI Ao 1663 above a further foliate cast band, with double lions' head handle above
28.5 cm. high; 25.5 cm. diam.

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Lot Essay

Francois Hemony (ca. 1609-1667), originally from Lorraine, became clock- and gunmaker of the city of Amsterdam in 1655. The present lot was possibly originally made for the Bakenessertoren in Haarlem. Hemony signed a contract for casting a new carillon for this church in 1663. Records are showing this carillon was finished and installed October 1663. In 1795 large parts of this carillon were sold. A clock with identical inscription is illustrated in O. ter Kuile, Koper & Brons, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 1986, p. 232, ill. 321.
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