18th century Italian silver leaf candlestick top with agatized coral.
The hand-carved, silver leaf candlestick top originally came from a candlestick from a church in Tuscany. It stands on the candlestick's original metal drip pan trays.
Agate coral is mounted onto the candlestick top. Agate coral is Florida's state stone and is known for its unique formation that can take place over 20 million years. It's a natural gemstone that is created when coral is gradually replaced with agate. These then go through a 48-hour polishing process to achieve the effect.
The Italian church candlestick top artifact and agate coral are put together in a sculptural form - creating a piece that appears to have evolved together over time. Interpreting the past to create a piece entirely original, evolving in its own right.
Size: 5.5" high x 2.75" round