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An English bronze mortar
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An English bronze mortar

17TH CENTURY

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An English bronze mortar
17th century
Cast twice with the Royal Arms of Charles I
6 9/16in. (16.7cm.) diameter; 5 1/8in. (13cm.) high;
and an associated bronze pestle, late 17th or early 18th century -- 8¾in. (22.2cm.) long (2)
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Lot Essay

The form of the present mortar is identical to that used by Abraham Rudhall I, of Gloucester (c.1680), who was a staunch Royalist. The ornamental devices are extremely similar to the enamelled bosses found on pewter chargers of the period, and may have been cast from such a pattern.

A similar mortar was sold in these rooms, The John Fardon collection, Christie's South Kensington, 1 May 1996, lot 219, and later resold in Christie's Great Rooms, A Collection of Important Early Oak Furniture and Metalware, The Manor House, Bramcote, Nottingham, 24 May 2001, lot 343.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
Peter Hornsby, English Decorated Mortars, Collector's Guide, January 1990. It is uncertain whether these mortars cast with the Arms of Charles I predate the Civil War, it is possible various founders cast them after the Restoration.
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