The design of Dutch Doll pattern sugar tongs was inspired by the illustrations in The Adlentures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg by Florence Kate Upton (1873-1922), published in 1895. These characters became so popular that they were adapted for the theatre; in 1901 a children's play, Katawampus, included a live Dutch Doll and in 1905 a ballet at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, featured a similar Dutch Doll dance.
Clearly marked to rear and inside each of the ends of the pincers. Very good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."