9440
George II Silver Harlequin Taperstick

Date: Circa 1760

Maker: William Cafe

Country: England

Stock Number: 9440

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A rare and very charming antique sterling silver taper stick, the stem modelled in the form of Harlequin. Cast silver. Excellent quality. Lovely patina. Weight 134 grams, 4.3 troy ounces. Height 13.5cm. Diameter of base 6.6cm. London circa 1760. Maker William Cafe.
This candlestick was produced over a period of about ten years, mainly by William Café and his brother John.

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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