Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1968
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 737
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.
Inscription: [scratched on inside of door]: 819 [stamped on works]: 3047 [3 might be an 8]
Marking: [on face of clock]: TIFFANY & CO. / NEW YORK