1708 Bronze Mortar “Laus Deo” (Praise God)

Exceptional and unusually charming mortar dated 1708 with elaborate frieze depicting a hunt scene with a house, a rider carrying a musket, a pikeman, and a rabbit, deer and boar.
Deventer, The Netherlands, from the workshop of Gerrit Schimmel & Erven.
In excellent color and condition.
5” h.


For a mortar with the same frieze by Schimmel, cf. Lift verwindt al dinck: Vijzels, p. 59


About Time

Three very fine early hourglasses in excellent condition
L to R:
Unusually large and beautifully turned wooden hourglass. England or Germany, early 19th c. ; 12” h.
For a related hourglass, cf. Attali, Memoire de Sabliers, p.. 128. SOLD.
Rare diminutive 18th c.  brass traveling hourglass.
Prob. France, 2nd quarter 18th c. ; 3 1/2” h.

Wooden hourglass in original bayberry green paint.
Late 17th c.- early 18th c.; 8 1/2” h. SOLD.

Winter 1605

A wonderful carved panel depicting a charming interior scene with an old man, and a young man tending a fire, while the cat perches on a chair trying to keep warm. On the left side, a man driving hogs to the market, a task traditionally done in winter. Carved from the solid, in original paint, and dated in paint “1605” just above the cat. The panel is now displayed in a well-crafted 19th c. hinged box with glass top, but removes easily. On the reverse of the case is an 1940 typed note describing the carving, and on the reverse of the panel is carved, “This is dated in two places, 1605. One is scratched on the Timber, above the left hand of the Old Man, the other is Painted above the Cat. It was known from good authority to have been for some years in the possession of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patricks Dub.“

Holland or Germany, 1605. Panel: 9 1/2” x 15”. Case: 11 1/2’ X 17"


Very Fine and Rare Courting Mirror

America, prob. CT,  and northern Europe, 2nd half 18th c.
An unusually sophisticated courting mirror with carved broken-arch pediment and scalloped bottom surrounding reverse-painted glass. The elaborate cherry carved frame appears to have been made here to encase a simple European courting mirror.
In excellent condition, missing two tiny pieces of glass from interior eglomise frame.
19 ½” h. x 13” w.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York, Sotheby’s, Sale 6483, Oct 24, 1993, Lot 283.

Exhibited: Museum of American Folk Art, 1983, ”The Keene Eye,” fig. 69.