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Auction 1131, Decorative Arts, 17.05.2019, 17:00, Cologne Lot 1111

A large Italian Baroque mortar

 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111
 Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.A large Italian Baroque mortar, Auction 1131 Decorative Arts, Lot 1111

A large Italian Baroque mortar

Cast bronze with mattified grey surface and green corrosion. Bell-shaped vessel with moulded base and thick, flaring moulded rim. The upper section cast with drapery held by winged grotesques. Two handles formed as winged female caryatids. H 43.7, D 49.2 cm. Weight ca. 120,0 kg. Including a corresponding iron pestle.

Attributed to Rome, mid-17th C.

Literature

Cf. a mortar with identical handles and similar form in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (inv. no. M.2681-1931), in: Motture, Bells & Mortars, London-New York 2001, no. 16.

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