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Matter is transformed. Breton lillies and ermine in a mortar with a fascinating history.
The mortar derives from a French original in bronze, produced in the 17th century and used for fireworks and then used as a pharmacist's mortar. The extension of the base, which initially was for placing the fuse, was used in the spice blender's laboratory for collecting any juices running out during processing.
The work was created by the Maestri fonditori and it is a true copy, in form and decoration, of the original conserved at the Aboca Museum. The Aboca project, an exploration of the profound bond between man and nature, is helping to recover the wisdom of ancient craft techniques. For this reason the production of items is entrusted to the expertise of the masters of the art reviving the centuries-old tradition synonymous with Italy throughout the world.
Lastly the copy and punch number of the foundry are marked on the base of the specimen.
Each specimen is accompanied by a certificate of guarantee.
The original mortar provided a silicon rubber and plaster cast from which a wax mould was made. Then the casting channels are attached by inserting spacer nails. The structure is then covered with a special earth for casting. After drying, which takes a few days, it is fired in a kiln, when the melted wax runs out. The next phase involves casting the metal which, once cooled and broken out of the mould, starts to be worked. Having removed the casting channels, you then move on to engraving and ageing, using specific products for metals.
Dimensions: height: 14 cm; upper diameter: 6 cm; lower diameter: 7 cm