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Pair of 17th century Italian fragment vases mounted with fossil ammonites and fossil shells on petrified wood bases.

The pair is from a church in Florence. They were found and saved from the historic flooding of the Arno River in 1966. The ammonites are mounted on top and the color and texture perfectly coordinates with the distressed paint and carved lines on the fragment vases.

The fragments have been naturally distressed from the flood. They have been preserved and transformed by Jean O'Reilly Barlow, the creative director of Interi. 

The story and history of this pair and Interi's collection of Florence fragments, in particular, are very interesting. These fragments have been used for artists and designers alike to copy for the distressed aesthetic, but here is an original pair. 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.

Size: 10" high x 4" wide x 3.5" deep (each)