899. Antique Pair Italian Grand Tour Amethyst Blue John Marble Neoclassical Obelisks Columns

Magnificent and rare Pair of Italian Grand Tour style Petra Dura Classical Marble Obelisks of tall slender proportions, late Nineteenth, early Twentieth Century.  

The tall slender column of black marble inlaid on all four sides with either Quartz Amethyst or semi-precious fluorite Blue John. The lower square with similar decoration, ending on three step square base. 

Condition: Superb condition with no losses or dents, one is a fraction taller, see images. The original green baise is slightly worn. 

Height: (entire as shown image one) 16" (40.25cm). Width: (at base just under) 4" (10cm). Depth: (at baes just under). 4" (10cm). 

Shipped to Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, England.. 

Affordable Worldwide Store to door shipping offered. 

Before there was the Skyscraper, ancient builders created the original tall, imposing structure titled the Obelisk. With origins in ancient Egypt, these four-sided structures were typically erected in commemoration of the rulers and spread in popularity across the ancient world— including Ancient Rome and Assyria. 

Even after the end of these civilizations, the Obelisk continued to be a popular monument for its striking yet simple design. In fact, some of the most iconic landmarks in the world are versions of the ancient invention, such as the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.