The original use of a mortar and pestle was to aid pharmacists in crushing herbs into powder for medicinal purposes. In France, they were also used in the kitchens of grand chateaux. The material used to construct a mortar and pestle is almost always a hard substance, such as marble or stone, which could stand up to the rigors of use. Today, they are quite collectible, and mostly used as decorative bowls or accessories.
This marble mortar and pestle is from the collection of a former pharmacist in Rouen, France.
CONDITION: Good antique condition commensurate with age and use. Some scuffs and nicks as seen in photos. Surface buildup.