A Large Queen Anne Bronze Alloy Mortar
A Large Queen Anne Bronze Alloy Mortar

RALPH ASHTON (worked 1703-1728)

A Large Queen Anne Bronze Alloy Mortar

1711 England

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Of waisted form, cast to the body with line or ‘wire’ decoration beneath the flared rim and above the flared foot, with a pair of bead-cast loop handles. One side of the body cast with the date ’1711′. The other side cast with the triad ‘I’, ‘M’ and ‘Ll’ around a heart. Scratch-marked with a saltire foundry mark, the underside with the initials ‘HI’ stamped twice.
Ralph Ashton: The trade of Bell Casting gave employment to many skilled artisans in Wigan in the 17th and 18th Centuries. In the 18th century, the Ashtons were leaders in the trade. Their approximate dates for casting bells were: Ralph Ashton 1703-1720; and Luke Ashton 1724-1750. Ralph Ashton is recorded as casting a bell for Llangerniew, Denbighshire in 1703, and for other churches in Snowdonia, and it is assumed on the basis of the ‘Ll’ used in the triad on this mortar, that it was made for a Welsh couple.
Literature: This mortar is illustrated in Michael Finlay, 'English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers' (Plain Books, 2010), p. 54.
Bibliography: For other mortars attributed to Ralph Ashton with similar ‘wire’ decoration, decorative handles, lettering, motifs, and foundry marks, see Michael Finlay, 'English Decorated Bronze Mortars and their Makers' (Plain Books, 2010), pp. 54-56, 195 and 208.
Dimensions
Height 17.50 cm (6.89 inches)
Diameter 22.00 (8.66 inches)
Stock Code
6029
Medium
Bronze Alloy
Signed/Inscribed
Dated ’1711′. Cast with the triad ‘I’, ‘M’ and ‘Ll’ around a heart.
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