8056
Antique Silver Harlequin Sugar Nips

Date: 1867

Maker: Andrew Crespel & Thomas Parker

Country: England

Stock Number: 8056

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A decorative pair of antique sterling silver sugar tongs in the form of Harlequin suspended from two coiled snakes which form the sugar nip handles. Weight 67 grams, 2.1 troy ounces. Length 12.5 cms. Spread across handles 5 cms. Marked on the bowl of both handles for London 1867. Maker Andrew Crespel & Thomas Parker.

Literature: Harlequin is the most well known of the zanni or comic servant characters from the Italian Commedia dell'arte. Characterized by his chequered costume, his role developed over the years from a nimble and wily, covetous, comic servant into a prototype of the romantic hero.

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