Additionally, I did not have a stable internet router in France until August 7th. Group photos will give you a slight idea of the depth of my collections, and Elly's inventory - keep watching this page.Ive infrequently bought Continental bronze or brass mortars & pestles in the past, because many I see are later, copies or fakes, or expensive and the strength of the Continental market for early metalwork often makes it difficult to acquire fine pieces at a price that is affordable for resale. I now have at least 40 reference volumes in German, on objects of domestic life, metalwork and lighting, including the numerous books of Walter & Thomas Dexel, along with Herman Lochner, Jan Divis, and others. Theyre not much help in this case, because this is a well-established early to mid-17. Century French form there are others that are closely related, and ofish origin, but I do know the difference. The Classic Greco-Roman face on this superb French example is finely cast, and the separating wings are equally exceptional I assume they are a design feature that evolved from earlier, more practical handles. The noses and chins of the three faces are worn smooth, and as can be seen in photos. # 10 & 11, there is a small fissure on the top edge of one wing, due to being dropped, or possibly bashed with the pestle.
The pestle is of the same period, and completely correct for the mortar; both pieces have a matching patination of built-up grunge that is pretty much impossible to duplicate but one can never be 100% sure if a mortar & pestle started out life together. Even XRF analysis isn't terribly useful, inasmuch as castings were often done on different days from different batches of metal, and the elemental composition details can vary substantially. The bottom of the mortar was finely turned - extensive wear has rounded it off; the interior is equally smooth, and the grinding end of the pestle has some very minor roughness, due to impurities in the metal eroding out with use. Twenty or more pieces arrive each week, and more are on their way do keep an eye on Ellys page. We are independently listed with the.Outstanding, but as described, and as-seen in the photos; there is otherwise the normal amount of wear one expects on pieces of metalwork that have survived intact for more than 300 years. Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish additional photos. New Bedford Museum of Glass. (2 & 1/2): top diameter 11.5 cm. (4 & 1/2): base diameter 8.3 cm. (3 & 1/4): pestle length 20.2 cm. 1.43 kilos, not including packaging. Insured mailing within France is 11 Euros. Is 19 Euros to North America.
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We fiercely protect our Intellectual Property rights and in court, when necessary. The item "Rare 17th century French bronze 3-faced mortar with wings & pestle circa 1640" is in sale since Tuesday, August 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware".
The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin. This item can be shipped worldwide.