This small marble mortar and pestle with ceramic is from France and dates to the 19th Century. It is made from a cream colored marble with four outturned motifs. The pestle is made from wood and a rounded ceramic end piece marked Bayeaux.* In France, these were used in the kitchens of grand chateaux. They were also used in apothecaries by pharmacists to crush the herbs into powder for medicinal purposes. Often made of wood, stone, marble, or ceramic, or anything hard enough to withstand the pestle’s grinding, their basic design has remained the same.
*Bayeaux is a small town within the region of Lower Normandy. It is well known for its Bayeaux Tapestry showing in detail, the conquest of England by Wiliam the Conquerer, who was the Duke of Normandy in 1066.
CONDITION: Chipping and scratching to exterior of the mortar. Rubbing to surface of pestle.
H=5, 7.75 x 7.75
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