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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 24, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

What I have is a beautiful example of restaurant quality French porcelain made by France's leading manufacturer, Apilco.

What a wonderful gift this would make for that special cook who uses whole spices and herbs. This magnificent mortar is quite large. The mortar (bowl) is 6 inches in diameter. It has a pouring spout and measures 6 & 1/4 inches in diameter from the far side to the end of the spout. The height of the bowl is 3 inches.

The pestle (pounder) measures 6 & 3/4 inches long. It tapers from the 1 & 1/4 inch diameter of the wooden knob down the wooden shaft to the porcelain part which has a rounded end which measures approximately 1 & 1/2 inches in diameter.

This mortar and pestle is in NEAR MINT condition with no chips, cracks, or crazing. T are normal wear marks on the ceramic part of the pestle and the bottom of the mortar (as you can see in the pictures).

The bottom of the mortar is marked in green "PORCELAIN A FEU" "APILCO, FRANCE". T is a bit of adhesive still on the bottom near the mark - it looks like a yellow stain; but is sticky, so I know it's adhesive. I didn't want to try and remove it.

Bid now and bid with confidence! I guarantee all my items and will cheerfully give a full money back refund which includes all the shipping charges including returning the item(s) to me.

Insurance is highly recommended on this item. Your item will be carefully bubble wrapped and double boxed for added safety. As I stated earlier, the mortar and pestle are large and quite heavy weighing 3 pounds. They are no longer available at Williams Sonoma (see below).

Description from Williams Sonoma

Apilco Mortar & Pestle, Large One of the oldest culinary tools known, the mortar and pestle is still invaluable for grinding whole spices, which produces incomparable flavor. Our version is made of high-fired porcelain and wonâe(tm)t retain aromas. The set is produced by Apilco, Franceâe(tm)s leading manufacturer of restaurant-quality porcelain. The mortar is dishwasher safe. We recommend washing the pestle with wooden handle by hand. Mortar is 6" diam; porcelain pestle (with wooden handle) is 5 3â,,4" long. No longer available.