Pair of 17th century Italian candlestick bases with fossil shells and calcite crystals in matrix. The feet of the bases are adorned and restored with fossil shells and calcite crystals in matrix.

The calcite crystals that adorn the pair are from Elmwood Mine in Tennessee. They are an example of the world's finest crystallized calcite. It is unequaled by those from any other part of the world (referenced from the "American Mineral Treasure" book, pg. 337). The minerals include the matrix that the calcite crystals naturally grew out of.

These fragments 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.

The story and history of these pieces and Interi's collection of Florence fragments, in particular, are very interesting. 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: 17.5" high x 8" wide x 8.5" deep