A large Queen Anne bronze alloy mortar, by Ralph Ashton (fl. 1703 - 1728) of Wigan, Lancashire

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Lot 294
A large Queen Anne bronze alloy mortar, by Ralph Ashton (fl. 1703 - 1728) of Wigan, Lancashire

Sold for £ 3,500 (US$ 4,560) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

24 Apr 2013, 10:00 BST

Chester

A large Queen Anne bronze alloy mortar, by Ralph Ashton (fl. 1703 - 1728) of Wigan, Lancashire
Of waisted form, cast to the body with line or 'wire' decoration beneath the flared rim and above the flared foot, with a pair of bead-cast loop handles, one side of the body cast with the date '1711', the other side cast with the triad 'I M' and 'Ll' all around a heart, scratch-marked with a saltire foundry mark, the underside with the initials 'HI' stamped twice', 22cm diameter x 17.5cm high

Footnotes

  • Literature: This mortar is illustrated M. Finlay, English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers (2010), p. 54.

    For other mortars attributed to Ralph Ashton with similar 'wire' decoration, decorative handles, lettering, motifs, and foundry marks, see ibid., pp. 54 - 56, 195 and 208.

    Ralph Ashton is recorded as casting a bell for Llangerniew, Denbighshire in 1703, and for other churches in Snowdonia, and it is assumed on the basis of the 'Ll' used in the triad on this mortar, that it was made for a Welsh couple.
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A large Queen Anne bronze alloy mortar, by Ralph Ashton (fl. 1703 - 1728) of Wigan, Lancashire
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