London, South Kensington
12 November 2003
A Venetian bronze mortar
Probably Alberghetti Foundry, first half 16th century
The tapering and waisted body with twin scroll handles, with a relief of a classical battle scene, a lower band of animals
4½in. (11.4cm.) diameter, 3¾in. (9.5cm.) high
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Giorgio Lise and Bruno Bearzi, Antichi Mortai de Farmacia, Silvana Editoriale, Milano 1975. Comparison can be made with a mortar illustrated plate XXXII.
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