Mortar and pestles are always such a fun item to collect as each one seems to gesture unique personality traits lending specific form as well as various patinas. This wonderful example sports a warm and inviting maple hue seemingly held captive by gentle graining in the wood. Two incised concentric circles gracing the front add plenty of distinctive character. The footed base has a dark and rich surface that lends dimension to the pestle counterpart. Two incised circles or banding also adorn the outside area of the footed base.
There are some tiny scuff marks just above the base located on the very edge of the mortar as shown in image 11. The inside boasts a dark patina as well probably due to using various herbs that were crushed using the pestle which is original to the mortar.
The carved pestle exhibits fancy form as the area located in the middle has a flared ring that contours into the protruding circle and then terminates abruptly into the lower portion of the pestle. The mushroom shaped top also lends a nice appearance to this piece. There are tight hairline cracks that have darkened with age located on the side, near the bottom of the pestle as shown in images 17 & 18.
No chips are present on either of these pieces but there are very small hairline cracks that appear on the bottom of the mortar. Overall condition is grand especially with the hint of graining that makes for a beautiful piece. This wonderful mortar and pestle would be a terrific addition to your existing collection or can also be your first purchase. These pieces grouped together will really make a statement either on your kitchen counter or can also grace any mantle in style creating charm and character that wooden-ware objects are known for! Enjoy!
Overall height is 12” tall (pestle included), mortar by itself measures 7 ¼” tall, measures 4 ¼” across the top opening and measures 4 1/4” across the bottom. Pestle measures almost 9” tall, measures 1 ½” across the top and measures 1 ¾” across the bottom.
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