Exceptional Burl Mortar
New York State, ca. 1740
Pictured and discussed, NORTH AMERICAN BURL TREEN, Steve Powers, page 79.
Quoting: “Great character to this piece. The species of burl is undetermined. It exhibits traits of maple burl, but not fully. The wood is naturally waxy and maintains a fine silky smooth patina. The grain is marked by large sweeping figure with strong veining throughout. The character and choice of burl specimen relates to the fine covered bowl in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village, page 69, plate 317”.
Impressive and robust in-hand, standing 7 ½ inches tall; 6 1/8 diameter. Provenance: private New York State collection.