MEDIEVAL MARBLE MORTAR
hand carved in Tuscan marble
Italy. 1400s or earlier
H 14 cm (5.5") W 29 cm (11") max
A honeyed marble mortar with distinctive "goblet" buttress handles of medieval mortars. The marble was quarried in northern Tuscany and carved there or in southern France and then traded north to English kitchens and apothecaries of the day. The stone has mellowed and worn beautifully while retaining sparkling iridescence.
A lovely atmospheric bowl - distinguished and decorative but still useable for preparing food or as a bowl.
Italian by birth, English by use and dating from between 1200 -1450 AD.
Stock No. 1921