About this artwork
This commanding centerpiece, with its glistening winged sphinxes and stylized lotus blossoms on the glass and silver elements, captures the passion for all things Egyptian in both Europe and the United States during the 19th century. Archaeological excavations of Egyptian tombs; the premiere of Verdi’s opera set in Ancient Egypt, Aida; and the popular Egyptian Court at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia inspired a diverse array of objects, art, and architecture—although surviving examples of Egyptian Revival silver such as this one are rare.
- Dominick and Haff
- New York
- c. 1880
- Silver and engraved glass
- Marked on base: D. H. (in square beside an empty diamond and circle) Marked on base: STERLING / H 88 x 15 / THE COWELL & HUBBARD CO.
- Diam. of vase: 28.3 × 30 cm (11 1/8 × 11 13/16 in.); 2763 g
- Laura S. Matthews Fund