Three bronze mortars, probably London
Lot 107
Three bronze mortars, probably London
Sold for £375 (US$ 630) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
19 Jul 2012 11:00 BST

Auction 19896
Lot Details
Three bronze mortars, probably London
The first late 17th century example with everted rim and cast twice to the body with an endless knot, and twice with a large foliate cross, 13.5cm diameter x 10.5cm high, the second late 17th century example with flattened foot cast twice to the body with a portrait of Charles II, 12.5cm diameter x 10cm high, and the third brassy example, probably circa 1700, cast with two rows of interlaced and upside-down fleur-de-lys, and with flattened foot, 14cm diameter x 11cm high, (3)

Footnotes

  • A mortar with a more crisply cast endless knot is illustrated Michael Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers (2010), p. 82, Fig. 142.

    A similarly-shaped mortar struck twice with Charles II's portrait is ibid., p. 81, Fig. 139.

    The poorly struck design of interlaced inverted fleur-de-lys is unusual and apparently not recorded.
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