Museo Galileo
Virtual Museum
    • Setting:
      Room XVII
    • Maker:
    • Date:
      18th cent.
    • Materials:
    • Dimensions:
      150x330 mm; 150x300 mm
    • Inventory:
      1047, 1048
    • Bell-jars (Inv. 1047, 1048)

Glass bell-jars were very common in the eighteenth century and had a variety of applications. They were often used in pneumatic experiments and, more generally, to illustrate the effects of vacuum produced artificially inside them. With the discovery of gases in the mid-eighteenth century, they were also used in chemistry for studying and storing aeriform substances. Other specimens of bell-jars include items inv. 1053 and inv. 3792, all from the Lorraine collections.