A pair of 17th century Italian fragment vases decorated with fossil agate coral on cut rock coral bases.
These are from a church in Florence. They were found and saved from the historic flooding of the Arno River in 1966. There is still the original paint and silt left on the pieces to uphold the integrity, craftmanship, and history of sculptural fragments. They are mounted with the fossil agate coral to look as though the fragments and natural specimens evolved together over time.
The story and history of this pair and Interi's collection of Florence fragments, in particular, are very interesting. While many fragments are distressed due to age, these Florence fragments in particular stand apart. They symbolize a history that has been carried through the streets of Italy, to an Italian palazzo where they were collected, to the Interi studio, to now the modern home or gallery.
13" high x 3. 25" wide x 3" deep