A mid- to late 17th century bronze alloy mortar, English Possibly Somerset

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Lot 289
A mid- to late 17th century bronze alloy mortar, English
Possibly Somerset

Sold for £ 312 (US$ 405) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

24 Apr 2013, 10:00 BST

Chester

A mid- to late 17th century bronze alloy mortar, English
Possibly Somerset
With flared rim, the body cast three times with a crowned rose, the crown flanked to either side by the initials 'C' and 'R', with spreading circular foot, 12.5cm diameter x 9.5cm high

Footnotes

  • M. Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers (2010), p. 123, Figure 246, illustrates a similarly-decorated mortar and suggests (pp. 123 - 4) that it might be a product of the 'cut-card' foundry in Somerset (see Lot 287 above), both because of the similarity of its shape and because the terminals of the letters 'C' and 'R' to the cipher are bifurcated, as are those used by the Sturton family of Somerset founders, who Finlay suggests might be a possible candidate for the cut-card founder.
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A mid- to late 17th century bronze alloy mortar, English Possibly Somerset
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