All over Rome one sees the ancient obelisks from Egypt, brought as spoils of the early expansion of the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago, and the repetition of that ancient form here, in Italian marble and by 19th century Italian artisans, is a Grand Tour souvenir that must have thrilled early travelers as much as these do us today. The rare form makes a fabulous grouping, desktop, as you know. These are rather rare, most having given over to the damage inherent in long thin slabs of stone, but a few survive. This is one of 2 we have available, and the second will also be listed for sale separately. This one is largest and has the addition of rich emerald green veined malachite. It's relatively unscathed by time. It is an 1840- 60 marvel of stonecrafter's ability to turn stone to flowers and leaves. The perfect piece of graded coloration marble would be chosen and cut specifically to replecate the shades one sees in a leaf, a petal, and placed, polished by hand. An arduous task, and yet the resulting works are stunning for the effort. This one retains its thermometer, though it is broken through as you see so will not work. Liquid remains, and I'm told you can have these replaced/reblown but I don't know who to send you to, sorry. There are 2 chips. One is very tiny and is on the 2nd layered plinth; the other is worth having a marble cutter file out as it is at the pinacle, apex of the obelisk. Still, taller and with malachite as well as the marble mosaic work, it's a magnificent piece, and has very little loss considering how rare it is for these to survive at all. Photos tell all!