A large and important Tuscan mortar
Cast bronze with golden brown patina and traces of green corrosion. Conical vessel with moulded base and flared stepped rim. Cast with a large rocaille cartouche inscribed on two plaquettes "GIO RATTA(...) CADI DI PIST FONDIT ORE" avers, on the reverse five musical putti on brackets. Bands of arabesques above the rim and base, six mascarons around the upper section. S-shaped scroll handles. H 34, D 40.1 cm. Weight 58.9 kg.
Pistoia, second half 17th C.