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18th Century Italian Cross with Kyanite, Calcite Crystals, and Baroque Pearls

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18th century Italian crucifix with gold-plated kyanite, calcite crystals in matrix, and baroque pearls. The crucifix is originally from a church in Liguria. It is hand-carved and painted with grey pigments and the sunburst and details are gold leafed. The kyanite perfectly emulates the color and shape of the sunburst. The calcite crystal is from Elmwood Mine, Tennessee. It is 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 base includes the matrix that the calcite crystals naturally grew out of. The piece is put together by Jean O'Reilly Barlow, the artist and creative director of Interi. The date of manufacture reflects when she created the piece and the period shows that the crucifix is originally 18th century. The sacred piece has been preserved and adorned with the natural specimens to create a new sculptural work - creating a historically significant yet contemporary piece of old and new. This piece is currently exhibiting in the Museo de' Medici in Florence, Italy as part of The Crucifix Collection. The Museo de' Medici is located in the monumental Rotonda Brunelleschi which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in Florence. In addition to preserving the history of the Medici dynasty, the museum is also committed to exhibiting precious collections of works of art, historical relics, original documents, faithful reconstructions and multimedia installations.
  • Creator:
    Interi (Artist)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30.5 in (77.47 cm)Width: 19.5 in (49.53 cm)Depth: 10 in (25.4 cm)
  • Style:
    Rococo (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    2021
  • Condition:
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Interi transforms Italian artifacts using artistic methods and contemporary interpretations. The Italian crucifix artifact has been joined together with the calcite crystals, kyanite, and baroque pearls to create a new sculptural piece. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Dublin, IE
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU5127123052322
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