I love it when an obelisk sits on decorative mounts, especially turtles and balls. They add interest and contrast, making the obelisk that much more chic!
Giorgio Armani's home
This handsome and colossal obelisk in the home of Giorgio Armani has decorative balls which support the obelisk portion to the plinth. It enhances the design, and draws the eye.
Found on Pinterest
This smart collection of obelisks includes a pair that have black ball feet supporting the warm brown wood of the obelisks. It adds contrast and I think makes them the most interesting obelisks in the group!
Habitually Chic blog
This room has such guts! The use of the rustic daybed is wonderful, and then a huge obelisk on top of a console is a bold design move that works! This obelisk has decorative balls between the obelisk and the plinth, and makes the base with the shield inset stand out.
This very attractive and interesting antique Italian specimen marble obelisk
has shield insets of various marbles and shapes along all four sides of the obelisk which has a cream base. The fun part is that it sits on four brass turtles! The obelisk is attached with a center rod which is indicative of age. 21 1/2 inches tall.
This handsome pair of vintage cream marble obelisks
have attractive ochre veining, and obelisks sits on black marble balls for added interest and contrast. 16 1/2 inches tall.
This obelisk has a number of wonderful decorative elements! The cream marble has the patina of age
, and sits on four bronze turtles. There are classical bronze garlands on two sides of the plinth, and a fun swan finial at the top. It is quite tall at 25 3/8 inches. It has a near pair as well.
We recently sold this obelisk but I wanted to include it because I love it so much. This is a vintage sienna marble obelisk with lots of interest in the marble veining. It sits on bronze turtle supports, and stands 17.5 inches tall.
Subtle decorative elements can make the obelisk! Look for the contrasting ball supports or the fun turtles to make a marble, wood, or metal obelisk more interesting!