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Tiffany Olympian Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs -Satyrs Receiving Instruction
Reference: S1364
Period: Victorian
Year: 1878-1891
Silversmith: Tiffany & Co
Place: New York
Price: $ 210.00
Weight: 28 grams
Dimensions: 11.0 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A Tiffany sterling silver Olympian pattern sugar tongs, of very good quality, and with no monograms. Olympian pattern depicts various different scenes from Greek mythology, and has been described as the most elaborate and complex of all Tiffany flatware patterns. This scene shows Pan with 4 nymphs or satyrs, with horns and goat leg hindquarters, one nymph with erect phallus (which must be pretty unique on a flatware pattern!), demonstrating Pan's status as fertility God. Ther tongs are hallmarked "M Tiffany & Co Sterling PAT 1878". The M indicates a date between 1875 and 1891. Note - We have now identified this motif in Olympian as "Satyrs receiving instruction", no 17 of 17 different motif's in this pattern, as described in the original catalog. the instructions come from Sylvanus, a rural deity (Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905, page 215) - a book we highly recommend.
Tiffany Olympian Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs -Satyrs Receiving Instruction
Tiffany Olympian

Tiffany Olympian Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs -Satyrs Receiving Instruction
Tongs with scale

Tiffany Olympian Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs -Satyrs Receiving Instruction
Tiffany tongs detail

Tiffany Olympian Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs -Satyrs Receiving Instruction
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