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Centerpiece

A work made of silver and engraved glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and engraved glass.

Date:

c. 1880

Artist:

Dominick and Haff
American, active 1872–1928
Retailed by Cowell and Hubbard Co.
American, founded 1861
New York

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

Dominick and Haff

Title

Centerpiece

Origin

New York

Date

c. 1880

Medium

Silver and engraved glass

Inscriptions

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.

Dimensions

Diam. of vase: 28.3 × 30 cm (11 1/8 × 11 13/16 in.); 2763 g

Credit Line

Laura S. Matthews Fund

Reference Number

1983.215

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