London, South Kensington
12 November 2003
A Charles I leaded bronze mortar of large size
By Thomas Cheese
Cast with the inscription THOMAS CHEESE MADE ME, and further cast with the owner's initials R.B. and the date to the rim 1633, the rim with band of trailing foliate ornament, the inscription intersected by barred 'T' motifs, fleur de lis within a rectangle, and the Bury St. Edmunds crown, the words of the inscription sandwiched by panels of conforming foliate trailing ornament, old vertical crack to the rim
12¾in. (32.3cm.) diameter; 10in. (25.4cm.) high;
Formerly in the Crisp Collection, Playford Hall, Ipswich.
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Arthur G. Hemming, Mortars by English Church Bell Founders, The Connoisseur, June 1934. Illustrated page pages 393, and discussed page 394.
Thomas Cheese, bell founder in Bury St Edmunds (Edmondsbury), flourished c.1603-1633.
The crossed arrows within the crown symbolise the martyrdom of St Edmund. See lot 452 in the present collection for another mortar by this founder.
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