8558
Antique Silver Harlequin Sugar Nips

Date: 1906

Maker: Maurice Freeman

Country: England

Stock Number: 8558

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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 45 grams, 1.5 troy ounces. Length 11 cms. Spread across handles 5 cms. Marked on the handle for London 1906. Maker Maurice Freeman.

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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