London, South Kensington
14 November 2001
A leaded bronze mortar, possibly Spanish, 17th century
cast with a frieze of trailing leaves about the flared rim, inset with a dog emblem with MIN beneath, the tapering body with serrated projections and twin gargoyle handles -- 7½in. (19cm.) high
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SIMILAR MORTARS WERE SOLD SOTHEBY'S AMSTERDAM, OCTOBER 1986, IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF METALWARE, LOTS 24-38.
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