A large bronze alloy mortar, circa 1700, probably Whitechapel, London

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Lot 292
A large bronze alloy mortar, circa 1700, probably Whitechapel, London

Sold for £ 400 (US$ 517) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

24 Apr 2013, 10:00 BST

Chester

A large bronze alloy mortar, circa 1700, probably Whitechapel, London
Of tapering form, with flared rim above a moulded band, the waist decorated with a register of alternating shells, scroll-ended leaves and a five-petalled flowerhead, with bulbous turning above the recessed foot, 20cm diameter x 17.5cm high, together with an 18th century associated bone and bronze alloy pestle, with turned finial and medial knop, broadening to the bulbous bone terminal, 22cm long, (2)

Footnotes

  • Although the five-petalled flowerhead which decorates the band to the body of this mortar is apparently unrecorded, this mortar is tentatively attributed to Whitechapel on the basis of the similarity of its other decorative motifs, and the mortar's design. For similar examples see M. Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers (2010), pp. 66 - 7.

    A similar mortar sold these rooms, 19th July 2012, Lot 111.
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