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Large Ornate Antique German Silver Tea Strainer: Pan, Figural
Exquisite repousse silver tea strainer decorated with the Greek mythological god, Pan, and several thematic elemeents consistent with Pan's reputation. Noted for his Pipe playing, there are pipes on the base of the handle. Also noted for his sexual acumen, there is a male and female figure on either side of the large 'lip' of the strainer. The figures are provocatively depicted lying down, in relaxed and somewhat exposed display. At the top of the lip' are a pair of gryphon's heads, beaks open, tongues out. And the head of Pan leers out from the base of the 'lip'. The figures are laid out on a textured ground resplendent with floral foliate decoration, lattices, acanthus leafs and rocailles. Very unusual and nicely made tea strainer, probably dating from the late 1800's, early 1900's.
The weight of the strainer is a hefty 2.5 troy ounces! Please see photos for other dimensions and marks. The marks are partially rubbed, so the maker is not clear.
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