Pair of bellows

On display

Bellows appear on household inventories from the early sixteenth century. Silver-mounted hearth furniture can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII, but the cost of such indulgence limited such items to the very rich. Williamson, the original owner of the Museum's bellows, was a Secretary of State between 1674 and 1678. However, he was apparently a disliked and unscrupulous gentleman.

Details

  • Title

    Pair of bellows

  • Associated place

    United Kingdom (place of creation)
    London (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    1671 - 1685
  • Material and technique

    silver mounts

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    76 cm (length)
    25.4 cm (width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by G.O. Farrer through the Art Fund, 1946.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA1946.3

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Further reading

Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 407

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