Three windmills for drawing water, attributed to Johannes van Somerwil (I), 1760

Three windmills for drawing water, attributed to Johannes van Somerwil (I), 1760

silver (metal), h 7.2cm × w 3.7cm × d 2cm. More details

Some types of miniature continued to be produced for ages. One such ‘evergreen’ subject was the windmill placed above a well. These mills used wind power to draw up a bucket of water. While there is more than a century between the earliest and the latest, their form and decoration have remained virtually the same.

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