12 December 2002
A BRONZE MORTAR
With a simple strapwork cartouche at the front of the body; inscribed around the upper rim 'BLAXIVS.BOCIVS.M.D.LX.'; with a small circular recess on either side, possibly where handles have been broken off.
Blackish brown patina with warm brown high points; casting flaws; dents.
8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high, 10¼ in. (26 cm.) diam.
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The inscription most likely indicates the commissioner of this mortar, Biagio Bocchi.
Please note that the illustration for this lot is incorrectly labelled in the catalogue. Lot 105, dated 1560, is on the left of the illustration.
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