But real enthusiasm for the style arrived in England with Admiral Nelson’s defeat of Napoleon at the battle of the Nile. Napoleon took a scientific expedition with him to Egypt which described in a book all things Egyptian. It inspired everything from tea sets to jewellery. In the twentieth century the Egyptian Revival craze took hold with mass manufacturing and the historic events of Carter’s archaeological discoveries of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
French Silver & Onyx drop earrings from Linda Bee
Pharaonic Faces with Czechoslovakian glass in form of Scarabs from Linda Bee
On November 1922 Carter’s excavation team found the steps leading to Tutankhamen’s tomb by far the best preserved pharaonic tomb and masses of treasures found in the Valley of the Kings. It caused a sensation back home. In 1972 a major exhibition of Tutanhamun’s treasures in the British Museum had an overwhelming public response. Both revival periods created a proliferation of wonderful objects - some of the finest examples of which can be found here at Grays.
Egyptian Revival brooch with unusual colour glass centrepiece from Gillian Horsup
Brooches - top French Silver Amethyst, French Silver Scarab and French Silver Cat all from Linda Bee
Egyptian style cuff from Sian Salter