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Modern Obelisks

MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
Italian Travertine Marble Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Italian travertine marble Obelisk, circa 1970s, Italy. A great decorative object for a shelf, credenza, office, library, cocktail table, etc. Dimensions: 8.5" height. ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Travertine, Marble

Pair of Large Solid Lucite Obelisks, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
Pair of beautifully made impressive large solid lucite obelisks, American 1970's. These are a stand out in any room.
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1970s American Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Lucite

Obelisk in Black and Brown
Located in New York, NY
A black and brown wood obelisk, circa late-20th century. Piece is a nice height measuring 18". Dimensions: 4.25" square x 18" Height. Marble sphere shown also available, search 1st...
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Late 20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Lucite Obelisk Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A modern style Lucite obelisk decorative object, circa late-20th century. A great decorative object for a deck, office, library, shelf, cocktail table, etc. Obelisk measures: 8" Heig...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Lucite

Lelapa Hand Carved and Cast Solid Brass Decorative TOTEM Sculpture Set
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
All our TOTEM sculptures are hand carved in Southern Africa from sustainable alien timber by a group of Zimbabwean artists who set their own prices, thus making them fair trade. We t...
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2010s African Modern Obelisks

Materials

Brass, Steel

Khada Hand Carved Decorative Totem Sculpture Set
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
All our totem sculptures are hand carved in Southern Africa from sustainable alien timber by a group of Zimbabwean artists who set their own prices, thus making them fair trade. ...
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2010s African Modern Obelisks

Materials

Wood

Black and White Marble Pyramid Obelisk Style Decorative Object
Located in New York, NY
A black, charcoal and white marble pyramid 'Obelisk style', circa 1970s, 20th century. Dimensions: 2.63" square base x 7.88" height. Other items shown in images also available, sea...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Burl Wood Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A brown burl wood obelisk, circa early 20th century, England. Obelisk is hand-crafted in a rich brown burl. A beautiful decorative object for a bookshelf, office, desk, etc. Dimensio...
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Early 20th Century English Modern Obelisks

Materials

Burl

Christian Caudron, Contemporary Obelisk Lamp, White Alabaster, Marble Base
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Contempory white alabaster Obelisk lamp designed and produced by Christian Caudron, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015*, in his Parisian workshop. The Obelisk is made of alabaster, a t...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble, Alabaster

22-Karat Gold Gilt Crystals, Set of Three by Christopher Kreiling Studio
Located in Pasadena, CA
These 22-karat gold-plated crystal sculptures have a life of their own radiating and bouncing light onto themselves throughout the day and night. Place them on the dining table near...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Gold

Trio of Green Marble Table Top Sculptures - Obelisk, Pyramid and Cube
Located in Miami, FL
Three table top green marble sculptures or paperweights including a cube, pyramid and obelisk circa 1980s. Measurements: Cube - W2" D2" H2" Pyramid W3.5" D3.5" H4" Obelisk - W2" D2"...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Tessellated Stone Obelisk
Located in Miami, FL
Tessellated grey stone obelisk, circa 1990s.
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Late 20th Century Philippine Modern Obelisks

Materials

Stone

Rock Crystal Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful polished rock crystal Obelisk sculpture, circa 20th century. Piece is hand-carved and polished smooth from one piece of rock crystal, also known as clear quartz. A great ...
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20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Rock Crystal

Seashell Covered Obelisks, Pair
By Maitland Smith
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of modern seashell covered obelisks attributed to design maison Maitland-Smith, circa mid to late-20th century. Pair are encrusted with exotic seashells and mounted ...
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1970s Philippine Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Shell, Wood

Italian Modern Verde Green Marble Obelisk Sculpture, circa 1970s
Located in New York, NY
A great Italian '70s modern or Post-Modern period Verde green marble obelisk sculpture, circa 1970s, Italy. Obelisk is green whit white veining. Dimensions: 2.75" square x 8" height ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Dark Green Marble Obelisks, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A substantial pair of dark green Obelisk sculptures in the modern style, circa late-20th century. Pair/set are dark green with black veining, some minor traces of white too. A great ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Italian Red Burgundy Marble Obelisks, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of red burgundy Italian modern marble Obelisks, circa 1970s, Italy. Solid red burgundy marble with grey veining. Marked on bottom, 'Made in Italy', as shown in last ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Marble

Crystal Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A vintage crystal Modern Obelisk sculpture, circa 20th century, 1970s. This Obelisk has the traditional Modern peak top with a round hexagon body. A great piece for any cocktail tabl...
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1970s Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Crystal

Pair of Large Lucite Obelisks Signed "Obisphere", J. Bigelow
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of lucite obelisks, signed "Obisphere", Jeffrey Bigelow. These limited edition obelisks are numbered at 24/110. This pair of obelisks are tall and grand. The striking pair is pe...
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1990s American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Lucite

Modern Onyx Marble Obelisk Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful modern onyx marble stone obelisk sculpture piece in neutral colors. Obelisk measures: 6" H. Other single obelisk shown in image #7 and #8 available; search 1stdibs ID#: ...
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20th Century Modern Obelisks

Materials

Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Onyx

Italian Obelisk Pyramid Decorative Objects, Set
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of two (2) Modern pyramids, circa mid-20th century, Italy. Pyramids are wood wrapped in hand designed Italian paper; One is a combination of white, gray, black and pi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Plaster, Paper

Maitland-Smith Shagreen Obelisks, a Set of 2
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Maitland-Smith Tessellated Shagreen Obelisks - a Set of 2. Note these are not exactly the same size: 24" high x 7 x 7. and the other is 23 7/8 x 7 x 7 1/8.
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Late 20th Century Philippine Modern Obelisks

Materials

Shagreen

Rock Crystal Points Modern Hi-Polished Quartz Singles Price Each
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hi-grade quartz crystal points from Brazil. Used for decorations or some believe in good luck and good health. Measures: Various sizes from 4"-7" height. Sold each.
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1990s South American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Crystal

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Metal

Modern Table Lamp 'Obelisk' in Stainless Steel and Tortoise Shell Effect
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
The silver satin effect is achieved by fine brushed steel, rendering an everyday object monumental - it is not merely an ambient table lamp but echoes the form of an Egyptian monolit...
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2010s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Metal

Pair of Large Faceted Clear Murano Obelisks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large faceted clear Murano obelisks.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Obelisks

Materials

Murano Glass

1950s, Venini Glass Spiraling Obelisk
Located in Roma, IT
Spiraling clear-glass obelisk with red flame-like intrusions made by Venini. One of the most celebrated models of Venini. This type of glass is called "Vetro Sommerso", model 4256 fr...
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1950s Italian Vintage Modern Obelisks

Materials

Glass

Jaru Lucite and 24-Karat Gold Leaf Sculpture
By Jaru
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A two-piece Jaru cast Lucite sculpture with embedded 24-karat gold leaf flakes this ball placed on a pedestal sparkles and shimmers playing off any light source giving it a element o...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Obelisks

Materials

Gold Leaf

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Black and White Marble Pyramid Obelisk Style Decorative Object
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Located in New York, NY
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Burl Wood Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
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Early 20th Century English Modern Obelisks

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Burl

  • Burl Wood Obelisk
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  • Burl Wood Obelisk
H 12.32 in. W 2.94 in. D 2.88 in.
Rock Crystal Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
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Rock Crystal

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H 5.25 in. W 1.13 in. D 1.13 in.
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H 8 in. W 2.38 in. D 2.38 in.
Seashell Covered Obelisks, Pair
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1970s Philippine Vintage Modern Obelisks

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Shell, Wood

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H 14.38 in. W 3.63 in. D 3.63 in.
Obelisk in Black and Brown
Located in New York, NY
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Wood

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H 18 in. W 4.25 in. D 4.25 in.
Italian Marble 'Book' Bookends, Pair
Located in New York, NY
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Early 20th Century Italian Modern Obelisks

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H 4.38 in. W 3.5 in. D 2.94 in.
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Located in New York, NY
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Stunning Crystal Obelisk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1990s American Modern Obelisks

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Antique Spiral Plinth
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antique plinth or pedestal made of turned wood in the shape of a spiral. Great patina to original black paint.
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Early 20th Century Modern Obelisks

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Paint, Wood

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  • Antique Spiral Plinth
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H 44.5 in. Dm 8.25 in.
Large Selenite Sphere on Custom Iron Stand
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a very large 5" diameter polished selenite sphere from Morocco. The sphere is mounted on a custom MJH Design Arts iron stand.
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Early 2000s American Modern Obelisks

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Crystal, Iron

Pair of White Lucite and Glass Obelisks Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
These opaque white pair of vintage Lucite obelisks have glass bottoms. They are wonderful! Two different sizes, sold as a pair. The smaller size is 18.5" H x 4.75" D x 4.75" W. The ...
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1970s American Vintage Modern Obelisks

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Glass

Set of Two Parquetry Wood Obelisks
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This sylish set of two artisan parquetry obelisk date to 1991 and were acquired from a Palm Beach estate. The piece are very much in the style of piece created by the Italian firm Og...
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Located in Wichita, KS
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Located in Wichita, KS
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Located in New York, NY
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H 10.25 in. W 4 in. L 10.25 in.
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Located in New York, NY
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Acrylic

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H 13.5 in. W 5 in. L 13.5 in.
Pair of Red Burgundy Marble Sculptures or Bookends
Located in New York, NY
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Tall Modern Blue and White Onyx Obelisk
Located in New York, NY
A relatively tall onyx obelisk sculpture piece in blue, light blue, white, and brown hues, in the style of Modern, circa mid-20th century or earlier, Italy. Piece measures: 15.25" ...
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Onyx, Marble

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H 15.25 in. W 5.13 in. D 5.13 in.

Jaru obelisks for sale on 1stDibs

The Jaru obelisks are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of plastic and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jaru obelisks, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Jaru's original obelisks were created in the modern style in the United States during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider obelisks by and . Prices for Jaru obelisks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,200 and tops out at $1,200, while pieces like these can sell for $1,200 on average.

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