London, South Kensington
23 February 2000
An English lead/bronze mortar, early 17th century
the body with raised reeded bands and scored with an 'X', the twin loop handles cast with fileted writhen ornament -- 4¾in. (12cm.) high, 5¾in. (14.6cm.) diameter
John Fardon Collection, sold Christie's South Kensington, May 1st 1996.
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Please note, the mortar is incorrectly numbered in the catalogue illustration as lot 318.
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