These Italian ‘pietra dura’ (‘hard stone’) and malachite inlaid marble obelisks are elegant works, which will make beautiful decorative additions to an interior. In the manner of ancient Egyptian obelisks, these feature four-sided bodies which taper towards their tops and terminate in pyramidions.
The obelisks’ bodies are beautifully decorated with trails of white flowers and green foliage. These floral designs were created using a technique known as ‘commesso’, literally the ‘fitting together’ of variously coloured and shaped hardstones onto a backing. The stones used for ‘pietra dura’ work tend to include agate, quartz, jasper, chalcedony, as well as other gemstones and marbles. The bodies of the obelisks are outlined with the veined green gemstone, malachite. The obelisks stand on plinths, which are similarly decorated with ‘pietra dura’ flowers, within inlaid malachite borders. These are set on shaped rectangular bases, edged with malachite.
One obelisk- Height 110cm, width 30.5cm, depth 25.5cm
Second obelisk- Height 109cm, width 30.5cm, depth 25.5cm