An important and rare bronze "Royalist" mortar with frustoconical body sitting on a molded and overflowing base and flaring to form a collar in its continuity, which is decorated with angel heads. The body is adorned with 3 large medals representing King Louis XIII, Cardinal de Richelieu and François de Bassompierre, the Marquis d'Haroué, a French military and diplomat who is made marshal of France in 1622. The medals are alternated by two great round medallions with tongue-pulling horned grotesques and a cartouche with a smaller horned head.
France. 2e quarter of the 17th century.
Dimensions: height 14,5cm ; diameter (of the collar) 20cm
The mortar is in good condition, except for some fine and stable cracks, probably caused during casting.