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  • Mantel garniture, ca. 1885
    French maker, marketed by Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
    Marble, bronze; 18 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 7 3/4 in. (46 x 51.1 x 19.7 cm)
    Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, (68.97.4–.6)

    Tiffany & Co. marketed this ormolu and marble mantel set in about 1885. The set, consisting of a clock and a pair of decorative obelisks, represents a popular rather than an archaeological idea of Egyptian art: the hieroglyphs on the obelisks and on the sphinxes of the clock would not bear the scrutiny of an Egyptologist.

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  • Mantel garniture, ca. 1885
    French maker, marketed by Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
    Marble, bronze; 18 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 7 3/4 in. (46 x 51.1 x 19.7 cm)
    Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, (68.97.4–.6)

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