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1760s George III Sterling Silver 'Harlequin' Taperstick by William Cafe



An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George III English cast sterling silver taperstick made by William Cafe; an addition of AC Silver's ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional antique George III cast sterling silver taperstick has a circular rounded form with a shaped figural column. The cylindrical capital of this cast silver taperstick is encircled with moulded girdles, in addition to a bead decorated border to the rim. The capital surmounts a circular drip pan, ornamented with further bead ornamentation. The exceptional cast sterling silver column has been modeled in the form of a Harlequin. This impressive figural column surmounts a domed circular shaped base ornamented with scrolling leaf ornamentation. This taperstick does not have a weighted base. This impressive Georgian taper candlestick was crafted by the renowned London silversmith William Cafe. An antique Harlequin takes the form of a monkey/masked character dressed in a diamond patterned costume. 'Harlequin' is a well-known Zanni character type from the Italian Commedia dell'arte and his role was to be a light-hearted, nimble and astute servant. Condition This antique cast silver taperstick is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in excellent presentation condition. Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the candlestick are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these pieces of Georgian silverware. Dimensions Height 13.3cm/5.2" Diameter of capital 1.6cm/0.6" Diameter of drip pan 4.6cm/1.8" Diameter of base 6.8cm/2.7" Weight 4.8 troy ounces/150g Maker: William Cafe Date: 1765 Origin: London, England.


  • Creator
    William Cafe (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.24 in. (13.3 cm)Diameter: 2.68 in. (6.8 cm)
  • Style
    George III (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Please see main description.
  • Seller Location
    Jesmond, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A86271stDibs: LU1200219173802

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    US$136.75 Standard Parcel Shipping
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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Jesmond, United Kingdom
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