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.


Further reading

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

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

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

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