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A large straight sided porphyry mortar, probably 16th century or earlier | Grand mortier en porphyre égyptien, probablement du XVIeme siècle ou antérieur

A large straight sided porphyry mortar, probably 16th century or earlier | Grand mortier en porphyre égyptien, probablement du XVIeme siècle ou antérieur

A large straight sided porphyry mortar, probably 16th century or earlier | Grand mortier en porphyre égyptien, probablement du XVIeme siècle ou antérieur

A large straight sided porphyry mortar, probably 16th century or earlier


together with a metal bound wood and porphyry pestle 

Mortar: Height 8⅓in; diam 10⅔in; the pestle 9¾in

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Grand mortier en porphyre égyptien, probablement du XVIeme siècle ou antérieur


avec un pilon cerclé d'une bande métallique

Mortier: Haut. 21 cm, diam. 27 cm; pilon: long. 25 cm

The illustrations are accurate. Good overall condition despite minor dents and scratches due to age and use. 


The vase with few chips, marks, dents and cracks due to age and use. Two main cracks to the bottom measuring approximately : 13 and 8 cm but are old and not risking the stability of the piece. 


The pestle: the porphyry of the pestle in good condition, the handle made in wood and metal. The wood with traces of old and inactive woodworm and with losses, the metal oxidized.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Purchased from Tomasso Brothers, Leeds.

Edric van Vredenburgh collection, acquired from the above in 2012.

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Acheté chez Tomasso Brothers, Leeds.

Collection Edric van Vredenburgh, acquis au précédent en 2012.

Dario del Bufalo, Porphyry, Red Imperial Porphyry. Power & Religion, 2013, p.206 (ill.), M29. 

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Dario del Bufalo, Porphyre, Porphyre impérial rouge. Pouvoir & Religion, 2013, p.206 (ill.), M29.