17th century Italian vase with free-forming copper and fossil shells on a polished petrified wood base.

This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding of the Arno River in 1966. The piece has been naturally distressed from the flood.

The sculptural copper is mounted onto the fragment with the shells. The fossil shells match with the verdigris on the copper. The piece is then mounted onto the polished petrified wood base.

The story and history of this piece 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.

Size: 7.75" high x 3" wide x 2.5" deep