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Lot 0050B
Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Republic of Florence, ca. 16th to 17th centuries CE. A heavy cast bronze pharmacy mortar. Mortars of this style were made throughout western Europe, with similar examples coming from Spain, France, Germany, and Holland. This example has ribs/columns separated by ornate heads that appear to show a classical male figure with a laurel wreath. Medical practitioners during this time period - who today we would not recognize as doctors - would have used mortars like this combined with pestles to make up medicines, many of which did more harm than good. Size: 4.6" W x 3.25" H (11.7 cm x 8.3 cm)

Provenance: private California, USA collection

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Dark patina on surface. Some pitting on the underside that appears to be the result of casting.

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16th C. Florentine Bronze Pharmacy Mortar w/ Faces

Estimate $600 - $900Jul 19, 2018