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Collection

An image of Mortar (morteir) by Sèvres

Sèvres

(France 1756 – )

Title
Mortar (morteir)
Year
1767
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

17.3 x 23.0 cm diam

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.177
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

In dinner services the mortar (so named from its shape rather than its function) accompanies the punch bowl and sits inside it. For this reason the lower half remains undecorated. The mortar and punch bowl were among the most expensive items in a service.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 101 (colour illus.). cat.no. 130