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Carved and Painted Mortar and Pestle
This is one drop dead gorgeous piece of TREEN!  This exceptional footed mortar has carved panels in between 3 stylized tulips so typical of Pennsylvania.  The panels which separate the tulips are painted blue as well as the edge of the footed bottom.  The mortar is carved out of a single piece of walnut with the handle integral to the piece.  The old finish is some sort of a shellac over the whole which has protected the painted surface. The surface not shiny . . .  that is a reflection of the flash.  The interior as well as the pestle show appropriate wear from use.  This is not just another pretty face.  It's been used but also taken care of.  

The walnut burl pestle is superbly turned and is 5" long.  The Mortar is 6-1/2" high and 4" in diameter at the top while the base is 3-1/2" in diameter.  While form is defined by function, it is the union of function with the aesthetic that elevates a utilitarian item to Folk Art . . . an item carved and decorated beyond the practical level of what was required in daily living.  By embellishing the object with paint and carving, it has been transformed into an item with personality, character and charm.

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