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ARLON : BELGIUM 19?? C chime Eglise St.Donat BRAINE-LE-COMTE : BELGIUM 1911 C (trad) Eglise St.Géry DIEST : BELGIUM 1912 I trad Sint Sulpitiuskerk (Collegiale) (St.Sulpicius) GENT - B : BELGIUM 1913 I trad Belfort HALLE : BELGIUM 1920 I trad O.L.V. Basiliek (was Hoofdkerk St.Martinus until 1946) LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE : BELGIUM 1921*F non-trad Faculté de Théologie Collège Albert Descamps made for another location SAINT-QUENTIN : FRANCE - 02 1924 E trad Hôtel de Ville WINGENE : BELGIUM 1924 I trad Sint-Amanduskerk DENDERMONDE - B : BELGIUM 1925 E (trad) Belfort--Stadhuis/Lakenhal/Town Hall ZOTTEGEM : BELGIUM 1925 I trad City Carillon O.L.V. Hemelvaartkerk (Assumption of Our Lady) OUDENAARDE : BELGIUM 1926 E (trad) Ste.Walburgatoren (or St.Walburgis)
Omer Michaux was born in 1877 in Jambes, which since 1977 is part of Namen. He settled at Leuven as bell-founder, successor of Alphons Beullens. On a bell from 1904 is therefore found: "O.Michaux succ. A. Beullens Louvain." He cast some carillons, but without any success. In 1929 he stopped casting bells himself and obtained them henceforth from Marcel Michiels, Jr. of Tournai. Shortly thereafter he moved to Brussels where he died in 1955. In 1937 he sold a carillon to Alfred University in upstate New York. There were supposedly eighteen original bells of Pieter Hemony from 1674. But that is untrue. They are replicas of bells from the Mechelen carillon which were cast by Michiels.
Source: A.Lehr, Register of [Dutch-related] bellfounders (in Dutch only); translation by Google and C.Zimmerman
The forgery was not discovered for many years.
Photo of a small Michaux bell which was once in the carillon of Gent; installed 1912, removed 1931.
Photo of Omer Michaux with Jef Denyn (carillonneur) and Charles Somers (carillon installer), in Somers' workshop in Mechelen. The bells in the background were cast by Michiels for the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and were eventually installed at Stanford University in California. Possibly Michaux is here as a representative of Michiels.
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