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This and 59 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Dessert Service And Case (France).

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Cake Tong (France), ca. 1890

This is a Cake tong. It is dated ca. 1890 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Designed not just for opulent display but also as a functional element in a final dinner course, this dessert service is an example of the expansive, highly specialized sets of cutlery that were considered ceremonially and functionally necessary for the elegant dinner table in late-19th-century Europe and America. This extravagant display of wealth in silverware exhibits the overindulgence attributed to gluttony.

This object was fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund. It is credited Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D (Assembled and closed): 26.3 x 6 x 4.7 cm (10 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Cake Tong (France), ca. 1890; silver; L x W x D (Assembled and closed): 26.3 x 6 x 4.7 cm (10 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds; 1996-56-39-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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