A true work of art, featuring a resplendent display of foliage and scrolls, this iron wall bell was hand-wrought in France during the 1800s. The bell is nestled within an ornate display of foliate rinceaux accented by corkscrew tendrils and volutes. To activate the chime, a chain pull manipulates an arm that is adorned with a corkscrew offshoot of a two-headed volute. A graceful out-swinging corkscrew with a twisted shaft and a leaf cup finial rises from the heavily scrolled arabesque with curled leaves that fronts the bell. The vertical backplate continues the lively margent theme, featuring a volute at both ends, while the top is adorned with corkscrew offshoots above a large volute rinceaux. A perfect wall-mounted accessory for any exterior or interior setting, whether gracing an entrance courtyard or an outdoor kitchen, this bell is a fantastic example of decorative French iron work from the 1800s.
After the initial photo session, a new clapper was installed. The bell now rings nicely when the arm is pulled. Photo of new attachment included in details
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and old restoration to the painted black finish. The chain that affixes the bell to the pull-down arm has been added recently.