Mysterious Sphinx

DescriptionThe ‘Mysterious Sphinx’, sculptor Charles van der Stappen’s best-known work, is considered a quintessential example of Symbolist and art nouveau sculpture. It was created for the Hall of Honour at the Colonial Exposition in Tervuren in 1897, where it was displayed on an onyx base set on a pedestal designed by Henry van de Velde.

1897 – Ivory and silver – H : 56,5 CM
ArtistCharles van der Stappen
Acquisition dateApril 2017