A French gilt bronze and marble table thermometer Cleopatra’s Needle, circa 1870
engraved silvered scale plate calibrated for Fahrenheit and Centigrade, signed for the seller H. Cerf Bruxelles, gilt bronze obelisk on a white marble base. The obelisk was modeled on one on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In 1831 the 3200 year old obelisk of the temple of Ramses II in Thebe was donated by the viceroy of Egypt to King Louis Philippe of France. Finally after a difficult and ingenious transport the 23 metre long and 230.000 kilo weighing monolythe was erected in 1836. M. Lebas was the engineer who was responsible for the transport and erection of the ‘Needle of Cleopatra’.