Egyptian Art Deco enchantment


Egyptian revival three fold screen with Osiris flanked by 2 guards in gold, green and black

Egyptomania three fold screen, Cairo, circa 1925






With respect to ancient history and art colliding with a mass marketed contemporary aesthetic, the Egyptian Revival influence on the Art Deco design trends of the 1920’s and 30’s is probably unprecedented. The archaeological discoveries in Egypt in the late 19th century spawned a rich vein of artistic inspiration that fed both the Art Nouveau and subsequent Art Deco movements with distinctive style and ideas. The detailed documentation and publication of information about Egyptian artifacts and architecture provided a revealing source of wonder and admiration for the fascinating Egyptian arts over several decades. The Egytpomania evolved with the appearance of the monumental 20-volume Description de l’Égypte in 1827, which was the result of the large contingent of over 500 scholars including scientists and artists, which Napoleon organized to work in Egypt during his Egyptian campaign in (1798–1801).

The revelations of the awe inspiring hidden secrets of Egypt reverberated through the art world, inspiring everything from lamps with Pharaoh figure bases, sofas with Sphinxes for legs to Egyptian themed tea sets painted with the pyramids. This was further enhanced by the display of actual pieces of Egyptian art in the museums in Europe and the discovery of King Tuts tomb in 1922. It provoked a new wave of interest in the mysteries of rebirth and other Egyptian myths, leading to widespread exposure in the fine arts, literature, fashion and film  A highly stylized Egyptian aesthetic converged seamlessly with the Art Deco designs, adorning architecture, furniture and other decorative arts with depictions of spiritual, botanical and geometric motifs. Hieroglyphics, lotus flowers, papyrus blooms, scarab beetles, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, winged disks and most of the popular ancient Egyptian symbols were represented. Objects such as clocks, cigarette and vanity cases, vases as well as jewelry were interpreted with the Egyptian Art Deco designs using colours that reflected the choices used during the Egyptian Pharaonic eras.



Reclining Egyptian revival bronze figurine





German Porcelain Art Deco Powder Box ‘Egyptian Snake Charmer’



1920s Austrian Egyptian Revival twin handled ceramic Amphora attributed to Jules Dressler

 Austrian Egyptian Revival Amphora attributed to Jules Dressler




Ott-and-brewer-1876 Egyptian bust

Bust of Egyptian woman – Ott & Brewer




Nefertiti - Egyptian Queens by Royal Doulton polychrome figurine of standing Nefertiti with two cats




Sekhmet-brooch - Egyptian goddess Sekhmet brandishing a fan of stylized lotus blossom motifs, highlighted by a diamond-set bracelet and arm band, fitted at the waist with two gold belts of zig- black enamel. Highlighted by diamonds , rubies and emeralds.

Faience Sekhmet ( Lion Goddess ) brooch with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold – Cartier Paris

circa 1925

The lion goddess depicted in the fan brooch, dating to the 21st-22nd Dynasty 1075 BC. Original artifacts from Egypt were sometimes re-modeled into new pieces.





Ancient Egyptian jewelled scarab amulet with the cobras of protection on each side wearing the crown of Upper Egypt; the lotus & suns on bottom edge represent immortality

Scarabs ( symbol of rebirth ) were produced in vast numbers over many centuries and thousands have survived.




An Exquisite Art Deco Mantel Clock in green and pink marble with a bronze Egyptian figurine

Egyptian revival mantle clock





Bronze vase with turquoise scarab motifs – Lucien Gaillard





Matching pair of Art-Deco-bronze-figurine dancers by Demetre Chiparus

Demetre Chiparus – matching pair of Art Deco female dancing figures





Bronze statue of an Egyptian dancer – Gori





Scarab motif ovoid vase – Eric Olson

Common Ground Pottery






German boudoir porcelain Cleopatra Cobra lamp/perfume burner





Buste-de-Cléopâtre,-Simon Monteneve

Simon Monteneve Cleopatra bust with scarab inlays






Art Deco dancers – Marcel Guillard for Etling

circa 1920

Heritage Auctions, Tx





Early 20th c. Czechoslovakian Egyptian Revival Amphora NEWEL LLC

Egyptian Revival Amphora pitcher

Early 20th c. Czechoslovakia




boucheron-corsage-ornament Boucheron,-Paris-(design-by-Lucien-Hirtz)1925

Boucheron corsage ornament – Lucien Hirtz


Most of the influential Jewellers at this time were producing Egyptian inspired pieces including Mellerio, Boucheron, Lalique, Baugrand, Lemonnier, Cartier and Giuliano, quite often using Cloisonne enamels.






French Egyptian Revival canopic jar with Horus lid






‘Egyptian Queen’, gilt terracotta bust of a woman wearing an Egyptian nemes-style headdress, signed  G.Caspi, Belgium.

circa 1925





Egyptian Revival Carved and Inlaid Rosewood Seat



Egyptian-Revival-porcelain-Tête-à-tête---Austria---Vienna---1794-1809 in gold and lavender

Egyptian Revival porcelain Tête-à-tête – Austria – Vienna – 1794-1809




Egyptian-Revival-Table-19th-Century - with three carved black sphinx legs

Egyptian Revival round table with spinx legs




Emile Gallé ovoid Vase Egyptian revival style © 1900 Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy

Emile Gallé Vase Egyptian style

© 1900 Musee de l’Ecole de Nancy



Erte,-art-deco-pendant Egyptian bust motif

Egyptian revival pendant – Erte



French Art Deco Porcelain Powder Box 'Kneeling Egyptian Lady' by Editions Etling

French Art Deco Porcelain Powder Box ‘Kneeling Egyptian Lady’ by Editions Etling





French Egyptian Revival vases – Charles Louchet

A pair of two patina bronze vases, of narrow gourd shape, decorated on each side, with low-relief Egyptian dancers holding a flower whose corolla shapes the neck of the vase, and accompanied by incised hieroglyphs. Heads of birds wearing nemes form the handles.

Height 17 inches




Antique French Egyptian Revival figural porcelain candlestick holder




Mantle clock French Antique Egyptian Revival made of bronze and marble adorned with winged sphinx

French Antique Egyptian Revival mantle clock made of bronze and marble adorned with winged sphinx

19th century

Antiquarian Traders –



Demetre-Chiparus -Antinea,-a-cold-painted-bronze-and-ivory-figure-of-an-Egyptian-dancer-(circa-1928),

‘Antinea,’ a cold painted bronze and ivory figure of an Egyptian dancer- Demetre Chiparus

(circa 1928)




Gulya-Alexeyeva sphinx sculpture

 Sphinx figurine –  Gulya Alexeyeva



The-Singer-exhibited-1889-Bronze,-coloured-resin-paste-and-semi-precious-stones by Edward Onslow Ford

Edward Onslow Ford – ‘The Singer’





Art Deco Egyptian Revival chrome lamp




Egyptian Revival Brooch – Neiger

Czech 1920’s





Egyptian Revival ceramic lava vase bottle – Italo Casini




University-of-Chicago-1935 Pharaoh statue

Monumental pharaoh statue

University of Chicago 1935.





Vintage Sunya Currie Egyptian Winged Scarab Beetle Pin with Art Glass Stone Body

Ruby Lane



Art Deco patinated and silvered bronze figure by Pierre Le Faguays, France circa 1920s.

Art Deco patinated and silvered bronze figure by Pierre Le Faguays, France circa 1920s.




Wedgewood Early 19th century, chocolate-brown ground with crocodile finial lidded vase

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptian Vase and Cover

Early 19th century, chocolate-brown ground with crocodile finial, applied black basalt hieroglyphs in relief to a bowl supported by three sphinx-topped legs set on a raised circular base.





Wedgwood Majolica Sphinx Candlesticks pair

England, c. 1867




Schafer-Vater-ceramic match-holder Egyptian pharaoh bust

Schafer Vater Egyptian bust match holder





Egyptian style lapis lazuli, gold and turquoise table clock – Philippe Patek




Pierre-Le-Faguays,-Light-Object,-around-1925 French Art Deco

French Art Deco Egyptian Revival figure lamp – Pierre Le Faguays

circa 1925





Majolica Egyptian Revival vase, 19th century




Egyptian scarab-beetle-emerald-gold-broach-

Emerald, gold scarab – R&Y Augousti





Egyptian Revival facade – Strasbourg Germany



Egyptian Revival pair of Limoges candlesticks, winged scarab decoration., green with gold edges

Egyptian Revival pair of Limoges candlesticks, winged scarab decoration.





Late 19th c. Egyptian Revival Polychrome Carved Throne Chair Tutankhamun

Egyptian Revival Polychrome Carved  Throne Chair, A replica of the original Tutankhamun’s gold throne

Late 19th century.




Majolica Moore & Co Egyptian Garden Seat.Seated Egyptian lady

Majolica Egyptian Garden Seat – Moore & Co





Pair of early 20th Century painted spelter candlesticks, Egyptian revival, male and female figures holding candle sconce





Cleopatra female figures flanking the entrance to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo





Art Deco Egyptian Revival chinaware basket – Noritake




Outdoor Sphinx statue Parque del Capricho.-Madrid

Egyptian Revival Sphinx garden statue

Parque del Capricho.- Madrid




Egyptian-Revival-beaded-bag-with-celluloid-frame and spinx motif

Sphinx motif Art Deco beaded bag




Egyptomania squat porcelain jug – Pickard


Ruby lane






  1. vanessa
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi, My name is Vanessa and I am a artist/designer looking for inspirtation on pictures Egyptian Art deco. Do you have any imgages/websites or books to recommend?

    kind regards
    Vanessa Ofori

  2. Robbie Hood
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

  3. Deni
    Posted March 17, 2024 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Im interested in the egyptian mesh purse

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