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iconnumber posted 04-02-2011 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

William Morris advised us to have nothing in our houses that we did not believe to be beautiful or know to be useful. As collectors we do not always follow his advice. Years ago I acquired this mid 18th century Rococo “Harlequin” pattern teaspoon.

It is certainly not a practical design and I find it silly rather than beautiful, but at least I get some amusement from owning it. I’m sure there must be plenty of other examples of rather silly silver items that could probably cap this.

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iconnumber posted 04-03-2011 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Postnikov     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apropos harlequin and silly:

2 kandis thongs from Kopenhagen ca. 1770


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iconnumber posted 04-03-2011 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like your tongs, and they seem perfectly usable. The problem with my spoon of similar pattern is that the ornate stem makes it uncomfortable to hold and use - an example of fashion defeating practicality.

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