• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 84

    A BRONZE MORTAR

    ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS BOTH, UTRECHT CIRCA 1593

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE MORTAR
    ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS BOTH, UTRECHT CIRCA 1593
    The flaring rim with inscription NON MIHI SED ALIIS TUNDOR MDXCIII above a frieze cast with bull's heads joined by festoons and bacchic revellers
    16 cm. high x 19 cm. diam.


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    The inscription NON MIHI SED ALIIS TUNDOR - Not me but others things he grinds - date and frieze combinations on the present mortar can be found on another mortar in the Centraal Museum, Utrecht attributed by dr. D. A. Wittop Koning to the Utrecht founder Thomas Both (circa 1530-1593).
    Cf Dr. D.A. Wittop Koning, Nederlandse vijzels, Weert, 1989, pp. 88-89.

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