18th century Italian fragment mounted with a calcite crystal cluster in matrix and sitting on an antique Italian glass bobeche 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. Where the fragment was broken, it has been filled crushed shells and dust which creates the illusion that the calcite crystal in matrix grew out of the fragment artifact.
The calcite crystal cluster in matrix comes from the Elmwood Mine in Tennessee. It is an example of the world's finest crystallized calcite (referenced from the "American Mineral Treasure" book, pg. 337).
The story and history of this piece 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. 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.
Height: 8.5" high x 3" round