Large Block Plinth
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Price was £1,800
A simply hewn Elm (Ulmus) heartwood plinth, almost certainly cut to support a stone mortar. Having a wonderful figuring throughout and a lustrous patination.
England, Late Eighteenth Century.
The height of the piece and the simple canted tapering corners suggest this was a piece to work at; a mortar being the most likely kitchen tool. Elm was noted as '....also good....because it will not break away in chips like other timber' a perfect surface in which to hammer and cut against. The rough slope of the top here suggests that the original surface has been lowered in later years.
H 70cm x W 45cm x D 45cm
H 27¾" x W 17¾" x D 17¾"
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