STONE "CREEING" TROUGH
Seven sided, hand carved in quartz gritstone
Medieval, from 1400s or earlier.
Lake District, England.
W 40cm (16") H 28cm (11") : Cavity 21cm (8.25") across 15cm (6") deep
A planter of presence and rarity. Creeing troughs, used in medieval times to pound corn, wheat or barley, were typically made in naturally textured gritstone. This seven sided example has cabochons of quartz embedded among myriad smaller crystals. The trough is watertight as the crack is not structural. This trough looks superb on the ground, raised on a trivet (in pic) or set on a wall and, in my view, is ideally sized and best used to house plant pots so that varying its seasonal planting is simplicity itself. As with many of our objects it is, on close inspection, a truly beautiful item and can be used indoors as a sculptural, decorative of practical piece if its scale fits the room. From the 1400s, and quite possibly much earlier.
Stock No. 1858