An unusual and finely cast bronze Egyptian Revival door knocker, dating to the early 19th century. It is in the form of the head of a Pharaoh or Sphinx above swagging, and with a Greek Key pattern round the knocker. It was possibly made in France but is unmarked. Enthusiasm for decorative pieces in the style of ancient Egypt followed Nelson's defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. During the campaign, Nelson was accompanied by a scientific expedition whose works were published between 1809 and 1826. This led to a huge interest in all things Egyptian, often known as Egyptomania which manifested itself in art and design. This piece dates to this period.
It is a sturdy piece and is well cast. It has an attractive aged patina with evidence of the original blackened finish and some verdigris. There are a couple of patches of solder to the back which seem to have been used to fill a couple of tiny holes in the bronze. The knocker has screw holes to the back but no nuts or bolts.