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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part I

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 458

    AN ENGLISH COMMONWEALTH LEADED BRONZE MORTAR

    BY THE THE LONDON UNIDENTIFIED FOUNDRY, CIRCA 1650

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    AN ENGLISH COMMONWEALTH LEADED BRONZE MORTAR
    BY THE THE LONDON UNIDENTIFIED FOUNDRY, CIRCA 1650
    Cast four times with a Griffon and Key motif within wreath cartouche
    5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diameter
    Together with a bronze mortar with cartouches of a lion and another of a bull and the initials 'W.L.' and 'I.I' with twin handles, and a Continental leaded bronze tripod cauldron with the initials 'I.H.L.' to one side, both 17th Century (3)


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    The London Unidentified Foundry was first discussed by Crellin and Hutton in their excellent analysis of the Wellcome Foundation Mortar Collection. (See: Pharmaceutical History and Its Sources in the Wellcome Collections, Part V, Medical History, Vol XVIII, no. 3., July 1973.) They identified several mortar forms which they ascribed to '.....a large unidentified foundry flourishing in the second half of the seventeenth century'.
    The location of the foundry was thought to be at Lothbury and Aldersgate, both locations known to support the metalworking trades. A similar mortar was sold in The Robert Spalding Collection of Mortars, Christie's South Kensington, 12 November 2003, lot 470.

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