For unique holiday inspiration, discover gifts that become heirlooms and can transform a home into a gallery. Interi presents its 2021 Holiday Gift Guide by showcasing our collection of museum-worthy pieces combined with organic minerals to inspire every art and design enthusiast. The following are 17th to 18th-century fragment artifacts that have gone past restoration. Once decoration that adorned historic churches and buildings throughout Italy, these fragments have been preserved and transformed into new works of art. The fragments are paired with exquisite minerals from all around the world – creating a contemporary sculptural work of historical significance. Explore one-of-a-kind gifts that stir the imagination forever.
Interi’s collection of 18th century Italian angel wings and putti (plural of putto) transformed into organic sculptural figurative art. These pieces were once part of heavenly depictions in historic Italian churches but were discarded due to age and distress. Above is a 18th century Italian gold leaf angel wing with gold-plated kyanite on natural-forming aragonite. Together, the elements of each piece create a figurative, heavenly work of historic significance to stir inspiration this season.
Over the years, Interi has amassed a collection of 18th century Italian, hand-carved, gold leaf tassels. These were once used to decorate churches for feast days like Christmas. French and Italian decorators then started using them to embellish and drip from 18th century chandeliers. The tassels can now be configured into holiday ornaments to adorn any tree for a Rococo-style Christmas.
Interi’s collection of 18th century Italian candlestick tops transformed into miniature sculptural pieces. These pieces were once part of altar candlesticks and still have the original metal drip trays. They are mounted with fossil agate coral and natural-forming baroque pearls to create small sculptures perfect to adorn a side table or table setting.
A collection of polished hematoid and celestial hearts paired with 18th century Italian gold leaf sunrays and adorned with cross-shaped baroque pearls. Each piece is inspired by “The Sacred Heart” in Catholic art history which symbolizes God’s unconditional love for mankind.
Gold, fragments, and mirror – the 18th century gold gilded Florentine frames paired with antique mercury mirror glass and 18th century Italian fragments decorated with coordinating Herkimer diamonds. Perfect little gifts for every design lover.
18th century Italian sunrays mounted and adorned with natural forming specimens. The sunrays were once motifs of halos or rays of light surrounding depictions of saints and crucifixes within Italian churches. They are transformed into abstract works of art using minerals such as blue celestine, titanium quartz, and calcite crystals in a matrix of sphalerite. The pieces emulate beams of light like their original purpose and inspire in their new modern form.
A collection of 18th century Italian gold leaf fragments with natural-forming baroque pearls on selenite slabs. A chic combination creating a mineralized relic. Rococo meets Organic Modern.