Member Bells

A few of our members have chosen to share a favorite bell.  These were originally shown on the home page. 

We show them here as well. Enjoy!

Pink Faience Bell - Quimper Bagpipe

 

 

Sue send a picture of this bell.

Large pale green crazed glass bell with a loop handle. The bell is hand painted with pink roses, green leaves and gold accents, enclosed in a gold paint diamond pattern on both front and back.

The bottom of the bell is painted green rim with gold paint dots around the top and bottom of the rim. Loop handle is also painted gold.

The clapper is a long glass bead suspended on twine. There are no marks or labels on the bell. 

Devil Bell

Gary and Donna sent pictures of this bell

The Devil is in chains with the restraining hand of God on his back and shoulders. One member who saw this bell noted that God’s hand on the Devil did not prevent him from doing evil.

This bell is one of ABA member Alan Burgdorf’s amazing works of art. He finds a subject he likes for the handle, then he looks until he finds a perfect bell that matches in material and color. At this point, he marries the two pieces to create a beautiful bell worthy of anyone’s bell collection. Alan is not the first to marry objects to create a bell but he is among the best at doing so. His secret is matching the highest quality metals such as this vintage bronze sculpture Devil and bronze bell, both with spectacular patinas that match.  

Devil Bell
Pink Faience Bell - Quimper Bagpipe

 

Bruce and Jane sent a picture of their Quimper bagpipe bell.  It is unusual because it is pink.

The hand painted French faience known as Quimper (pronounced kam-pair) is earthenware fired with a tin-based glaze.  The tin glaze used in faience is actually a glaze that has been rendered white and opaque by the addition of tin oxide. In the production process, an unglazed item is fired in a kiln and is then dipped in the tin glaze which is allowed to dry. Colorful designs are then painted on the glaze and are preserved during a second firing.

The pottery takes its name from the town of Quimper, located in northwestern France. Should you be traveling near, there is the Musee de la Faience de Quimper (The Earthenware Museum of Quimper).

Big Bell

 

Neil and Ginny share a picture of one of their big bells.

 

This bell was made by Frederick Fuller of Providence, Rhode Island in 1886.  It was a father son business and was principally a regional firm with most of their bells remaining in the north east.  They were known to have been in business from 1860 to 1890.  Their bells were made of bronze and had a good tone.

Ormolu Macaw

Dianne sends a picture of this beautiful Todd Warner Turtle bell.  She says “my husband and I both collect turtles and bells.  At one of the ABA Convention, we hit the jackpot at the auction and acquired the Todd Warner Turtle bell.  It is such a whimsical addition to our collection!

Todd Warner has been creating his imaginary world of sophisticated whimsy for over 40 years. “There’s an innate sense of humor in my work, but I’m not going for the belly laugh. I love to make people smile. I can’t fight being humorous”.  He says his sculptures are “whimsical and sensitive; they have their own spirit.” 

Internationally known for his sculptures, Todd Warner captures with vision and insight the essence of animals, preserving not only the animals of nature, but also the nature of animals. Todd Warner seems to connect directly with the souls of animals, enabling him to recreate the llama who seems to beg for warm milk and the cow with loving eyes of a mother.

                                               – The Master Of Sophisticated Whimsey, Todd Warner Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan

flying pig bell

My Ugliest Bell (but precious)

Ailene sends pictures of her ugliest precious bell.  It is a mixed assemblage called When Pigs Fly by Paula Guhin.

My daughter Diana gave this to me for Christmas in 2010.  She found it in a cooperative art gallery in Aberdeen, SD.  The handle is a handless doll body trunk, the chamber is a lamp globe, and the clapper is a flying pig.  Makes me wonder what was going through artist’s mind when she put it together.

The chain is too long for it to actually ring.  When Diana told her it was a present for her mother, the artist replied, “Be careful what you give your parents; you may get it back.”

flying pig
Ormolu Macaw

Gary shares a picture of this beautiful ormolu-over-bronze Macaw on perch with Italian Renaissance decor. Made by Lost Wax method, bas relief with fine detail. Round brass ball clapper on wire which is embedded into metal. 6 1/2” high. (Bronze plate added later.) From the late Phillip Childress bell collection.

 

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of mercuric nitrate is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze; followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item is then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury vaporizes and the gold remains, adhering to the metal object.

This process has generally been supplanted by the electroplating of gold over a nickel substrate, which is more economical and less dangerous.

McCombie owl bell

 

This Dragon Bell is owned by Betty, a member from Scotland. It is a cloisonne bell approximately 8 inches in height and 4 inches in diameter.  The head is gold plated bronze and has a flowing mane, horns and whiskers. The handle of the bell shows the body of the dragon curving around it.  It is a 5 clawed dragon which is the emblem of Imperial Power.  The clapper is molded bronze. This is a very lucky dragon as he has the flaming pearl on his mouth which symbolizes treasure or enlightenment.  Other dragons on her bells are trying to catch the flaming pearl.  This was probably imported from China around 1983.

This bell is with a blue background.  Betty thinks there is a similar one with a red background and she is in pursuit to try to find it.  If you see one in red – let us know.  We know someone who dearly wants it.