Maker: Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

Date: ca. 1885

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Marble, bronze

Dimensions: 18 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 7 3/4 in. (46 x 51.1 x 19.7 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1968

Accession Number: 68.97.4


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.