Windmill cup

On display

Model windmill, silver-gilt, the four sails rotate when you blow through a pipe and turn a dial from 1 to 12. Next to the pipe is a ladder on which stand three men, one smoking. In the sides are two windows, each with a figure looking out. On the top is a flag. The base of the windmill, reversed, forms a drinking cup with three rings suspended from applied grotesque masks. The exterior is engraved with strapwork, flowers and fruit and two shields of arms, identified by M. Wellby as those of Hertog of Holland impaling Van den Borch of Gelderland, and a second, later shield with crown and supporters, identified by M. Wellby as of Menthen of Gelderland and dated c. 1700.


  • Title

    Windmill cup

  • Associated place

    Nijmegen (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1640
  • Material and technique


  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    27.2 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

Koldeweij, Anna Cecilia, ‘Van kunstkamer tot museumzaal: De nagelaten collectie van Michael Wellby’, (2015)

Anna Cecilia Koldeweij, ‘Vind’, (2015), ---, ---, illus. p.34

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