A French bronze mortar and pestle reflect a form common to the early 17th century. The mortar was formed with a flared rim that displays raised, beaded details, and slightly extended base. The body displays raised vertical, 2 handles and 2 ridged bars alternating with mascarons, surrounding the piece. The Petzel is original to the Mortar. Diameter 12 cm & 8 cm high.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.