Apothecary mortar in marble - late 18th century - France - [ME068]
Apothecary mortar in marble - late 18th century - France - [ME068]
Apothecary mortar in marble - late 18th century - France - [ME068]

Apothecary mortar in marble - late 18th century - France

This frustoconical mortar was sculpted in a block of veined white marble, then patiently polished by hand, to obtain an impeccable softness to the touch and an irreproachable regularity of shapes. That of the tank hollowed out in the shape of a “cul de poule” with a gouge as well as that of the four outer fins forming a perfect quadrilobed rim.
This type of mortar was used in the past in pharmacies of apothecaries to reduce medicinal plants, called “simple” to powder, and to make, by varying compositions and dosages, all kinds of remedies: herbal teas, decoctions, distillations, syrups, macerates, ointments, powders, tinctures, mothers.
This generous veined marble mortar thus bears the traces of the ancestral recipes of natural medicine which were expertly prepared there.

The sculpture of this mortar respects a perfect geometry of shapes, like that of the tank hollowed out in the shape of the most regular "cul de poule" with a gouge.
The sculpture of this mortar respects a perfect geometry of shapes, like that of the tank hollowed out in the shape of the most regular "cul de poule" with a gouge.
The sculpture of this mortar respects a perfect geometry of shapes, like that of the four outer fins forming a perfect quadrilobed rim.
The sculpture of this mortar respects a perfect geometry of shapes, like that of the four outer fins forming a perfect quadrilobed rim.
In the foreground, we can see the spout of this apothecary's mortar carved from a block of veined white marble.
In the foreground, we can see the spout of this apothecary's mortar carved from a block of veined white marble.

Reference: [ME068]
Dimensions
Diameter: 40 cm, height 18 cm.
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