For unique holiday inspiration, discover gifts that become heirlooms and can transform a home into a gallery. Interi presents its 2023 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.
Sculptural fragments are 17th to 18th century artifacts that have fallen into disuse. Once works of art that adorned churches throughout Europe, these antiquities have been taken away from their original context and transformed as works of art. The fragments are paired with precious gems, baroque pearls, fossil agate coral, and minerals from all around the world, bringing into existence a contemporary work of historical significance.
A collection of 18th century Italian gold leaf fragments with natural-forming baroque pearls on selenite slabs. Selenite is a transparent mineral that is a form of gypsum. It was used to create the windows of the Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome, Italy during the 5th century, hence the name “Window Pane Selenite.” The elements create a unique piece of old and new. The precious mineral specimen combined with the Italian fragment creates a historic and organic work of art.
17th and 18th century Italian angel wings mounted and adorned with rare minerals. The hand-carved angel wings were once part of heavenly, angelic depictions in historic churches throughout Italy. Together, the elements create figurative, sculptural works of organic and old.
Fossil agate coral and iridescent abalone shells transformed into organic sculptures. Fossil agate coral is Florida’s state stone and is known for its unique formation that can take place over 20 million years. It’s a natural gemstone that is created when prehistoric coral is gradually replaced with agate. Abalone shells are polished Haliotis Iris shells that are adorned with natural-forming baroque pearls and mounted on polished agate bases. Both the agate coral and shells create organic modern works of art.
18th century Italian frames from Florence adorned with antique mercury mirror decorated with coordinating Italian fragments and Herkimer diamonds. Herkimer diamonds are double-terminated quartz crystals that possess the same properties as a diamond. Together, the combination creates precious works of art.