RARE LATE GEORGIAN LIGNUM VITAE POTPOURRI ON STAND
The turned globular potpourri bowl with pierced lid resting on a baluster turned stand above a dished circular base;
very heavy weight, and of fine colorful striation
Note: This is a very rare piece turned from lignum vitae lignum vitae, a dense wood imported from the West Indies.
Also known as “ironwood”, it was first brought to Europe from the Indies about 1515. At that time, it was thought to cure venereal
disease. In England, as early as the 17th century Stuart period, lignum vitae was often used by “turners” as drinking vessels and mortars
and pestles, oil content makes it resistant to liquids. Other uses have included rigging for ships, croquet mallets, skittles, and police clubs,
as its high as the wood is not only water resistant, but quite strong.
Provenance : David H. Wilson, 1948-2011
30.5" High Overall; Potpourri - 5.5” High x 9.5” Wide
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