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Rococo Natural Specimens

ROCOCO STYLE

Rococo was an aesthetic movement in the fine and decorative arts in the 18th century that found its inspiration in nature and fostered an overall lightness and delicacy of form, construction and ornament in interior design. Rococo furniture, while greatly influenced by trends in Italy and Germany, is often called Louis XV style — the movement having reached its best expression during that sybaritic French king’s reign.

The term “rococo” is thought to be a portmanteau of the French words rocaille and coquilles — “rock” and “shells” — organic motifs frequently used in architecture and design of the style.

When it comes to authentic Rococo furniture's characteristics, it is above all sensuous and social. The furniture of earlier eras in Europe had been heavy in every sense; the Rococo period saw the appearance of light-framed upholstered armchairs, side chairs and occasional tables that could easily be moved to form conversational circles.

The signal detail of Rococo furniture design is the gently curved cabriole, or S-shaped chair-, table-, and cabinet-leg. It imitates the bend of a tree limb or a flower stem. In a further reference to nature, furnishings were often asymmetrical and painted white, or in soft, pastel shades. Rococo has become a timeless style, and as the furniture pieces presented on 1stDibs demonstrate, its playful, sculptural forms can provide visual excitement to contemporary, clean-lined spaces.

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Style: Rococo
17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Calcite Crystals & Sphalerite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with a calcite crystal cluster in matrix with sphalerite. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding o...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Cross on a Yellow Hematoid Quartz Heart with Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th Century Italian cross mounted on a polished yellow hematoid quartz heart and adorned with natural-forming baroque pearls and a cross-shaped baroque pearl. The piece is inspired ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

17th Century Italian Vase with a Hystrivasum Shell on an Antique Metal Stand
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian fragment decorated with a fossil hystrivasum shell and small shells on an antique metal shell. This fragment is from a church in Liguria. It is distressed fr...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Gold Leaf, Metal

Antique Meissen Porcelain Figure of a Dachshund Dog
Located in New York, NY
An Antique Meissen Porcelain figure of a Dachshund dog, with double blue crossed swords mark under-glaze. This is a very well portrayed Dachshund dog figure with beautifully hand pai...
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1930s German Vintage Rococo Natural Specimens

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Porcelain

Pair of 18th Century Italian Leaf Fragment with Baroque Pearls on Chalcopyrite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Pair of 18th-century Italian leaf fragments with natural-forming baroque pearls on chalcopyrite mineral bases. The fragments were once part of a decorative motif in a church in Tusca...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Leaf Fragment Decorated with Baroque Pearls on Chalcopyrite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian painted leaf fragment decorated with Baroque pearls on chalcopyrite mineral base. The fragment with Baroque pearl and chalcopyrite mineral coordinate to look as ...
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18th Century American Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Wood

18th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Agate Coral and Fossil Oyster Shells
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th or 18th century Italian fragment vase with agate coral, zig zag oyster fossil arms, fossil shells, and a baroque pearl on a polished petrified wood base. This fragment is fro...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Calcite Crystals in Matrix
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with a calcite crystal cluster in matrix on a petrified wood base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flo...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with a Chesapecten Shell & Gold Crystal Points
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with a chesapecten shell & gold-plated crystal points. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding of t...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Plate, Gold Leaf

Pair of Meissen Porcelain Figures of Parrots Standing on Branches W/ Cherries
Located in New York, NY
A Magnificent and large pair of antique meissen porcelain figures of colorful parrots, each standing on a tree branch with cherries and beautiful foliage after a model by J. J. Kandl...
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1870s German Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century Italian Cross on a Blue Celestial Geode Heart with Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th Century Italian cross mounted on a blue celestial geode heart and adorned with natural-forming baroque pearls. The piece is inspired by "The Sacred Heart" in Catholic art histor...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Mounted with a Fossil Stromatolite & Rose Coral
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian fragment base mounted with a large stromatolite and adorned fossil rose coral. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the his...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Coral

Sculptural 18th Century Italian Candlestick Base with Agatized Coral on Agate
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian candlestick base with agatized coral on a polished agate base. The 18th century hand carved, painted, and gold-leafed candlestick is originally from Tuscany. ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral

18th Century Italian Cross on a Red Hematoid Quartz Heart with Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th Century Italian cross mounted on a polished red hematoid quartz heart and adorned with natural-forming baroque pearls and a cross-shaped baroque pearl. The piece is inspired by ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Quartz, Gold Leaf

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with a Crystal Quartz Cluster with Calcite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase mounted with a crystal quartz cluster with calcite. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding of the ...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Quartz, Rock Crystal

Sculptural 18th Century Italian Mecca Fragment with a Fossil Shell on Calcite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Sculptural 18th century Italian mecca fragment candlestick with a fossil shell and wulfenite on a polished calcite base. The fragment was originally part of an 18th century Italia...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

18th Century Italian Crucifix on a Tourmaline in Crystal on a Obsidian Base
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian crucifix with a hand carved figure of Christ decorated with tourmaline in crystal quartz on a polished obsidian base.
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Wood

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with a Chesapecten Shell & Crystal Point
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with a chesapecten shell, crystal point, and fossil shells on a petrified wood base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved f...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Wulfenite on a Fishtail Selenite Base
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian fragment with wulfenite on a fishtail selenite base This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding of the Arno ...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Mecca Vase with Mica, Tourmaline, and Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Sculptural 18th century Italian mecca vase mounted with mica and tourmaline and adorned natural-forming baroque pearls. The mica and baroque pearls perfectly coordinate with the colo...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

18th Century Italian Silver Candlestick with Herkimer Diamond on Mica in Matrix
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian silver candlestick decorated with a large Herkimer diamond with inclusions surrounded by mica foliage ruffle on mica with a calcite matrix base with Herkimer dia...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Crystal, Rock Crystal

Sculptural Sacred Heart Blue Celestial Geode with an 18th Century Italian Sunray
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian sunray mounted on a blue celestial geode heart and adorned with natural-forming baroque pearls. The piece is inspired by "The Sacred Heart" in Catholic art histo...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

Sculptural 18th Century Italian Miniature Fragment with Fossil Agate Coral
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Sculptural 18th century Italian miniature fragment with fossil agate coral. The fragment was originally part of an 18th century Italian candlestick from a historic church. It has ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

Sculptural 18th Century Italian Miniature Mecca Fragment with Fossil Agate Coral
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Sculptural 18th century Italian mecca miniature fragment with fossil agate coral. The fragment was originally part of an 18th century Italian candlestick from a historic church. I...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

18th Century 'Florence Fragment' with a Calcite Crystal Cluster on Bobeche
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian fragment with a calcite crystal cluster in matrix mounted on a Italian glass bobeche base. The fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved f...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Calcite Crystals in Matrix on Bobeche
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th Century Italian fragment with a calcite crystals in matrix mounted on a Italian glass bobeche base The fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

Houndstooth Calcite Crystal Mineral on Antique Base
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Houndstooth calcite crystals in matrix on a wood base with 18th century Italian molding.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Crystal

Meissen Model of a Crouching Kitten, German, Modeled by Otto Jarl, 1903
Located in New York, NY
A model of a crouching kitten by Meissen, German, Modeled by Otto Jarl, 1903. The kitten is shown to have pinkish eyes with a pinkish nose and a blue bow. These delicate touches of c...
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1910s German Vintage Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Fossil Agate Coral and Herkimer Diamonds
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th Century Italian fragment with fossil agate coral and Herkimer diamonds on a lucite base. This fragment is from a church in Venice. Fossil agate coral is mounted on top of the...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Rock Crystal

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Fossil Agate Coral, Crystals & Chalcedony
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th Century Italian church vase decorated with fossil agate coral, red phantom quartz crystals, and chalcedony rosettes on polished agate base. This fragment is from a church in ...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Quartz, Agate, Coral, Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian 'Florence Fragment' with a Chalcedony Rosette
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian fragment with a chalcedony rosette. It has antique hand-written Italian inscriptions on the base. The chalcedony mineral mimics the color and texture of the dist...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Fossil Barnacle Clusters
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian vase mounted with a fossil barnacle cluster and sitting on a petrified wood and barnacle base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and sa...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Petrified Wood, Shell, Wood

18th Century Italian Bases with Polished Fossil Ammonites
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian (Region of Puglia) painted and bronzed bases decorated with a matching pair of polished fossil coordinating ammonites with ruffled copper on a copper in a matrix...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Copper

17th Century, 'Florence Fragment' with Polished Agate Coral & a Herkimer Diamond
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th Century Italian church vase with polished fossil agate coral and a Herkimer diamond on a polished agate base with fossil shells. This fragment is from a church in Florence. I...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Rock Crystal

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Agate Coral & a Double Crystal Point
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian church vase with fossilized coral, a double crystal point on an agate base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Rock Crystal

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Free-Forming Copper & Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with free-forming copper, baroque pearls and shells on a petrified wood base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the h...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Copper

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Free-Forming Copper and Fossil Shells
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with free-forming copper and fossil shells on a polished petrified wood base. This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Copper

17th Century 'Florence Fragment' with Tourmaline & Crystals on Petrified Wood
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th century Italian vase with black tourmaline and crystals on a petrified wood base This fragment is from a church in Florence. It was found and saved from the historic flooding...
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17th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Tourmaline, Rock Crystal

18th Century 'Florence Fragment' Vase with Chesapecten Shells & Faden Crystals
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
17th or 18th century Italian fragment vase with chesapecten shells, zig zag oyster fossil arms, fossil shells, and a faden crystals on a polished petrified wood base. This fragmen...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Candlestick Top with Fossil Agate Coral and Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian gold leaf candlestick top with polished fossil agate coral and natural forming Baroque pearls. The 18th century fragment comes from Tuscany and has the original ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

18th Century Italian Candlestick Top with Fossil Agate Coral and Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian gold leaf candlestick top with polished fossil agate coral and natural forming baroque pearls. The 18th century fragment comes from Tuscany and has the original ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

Pair of 18th Century Italian Fragments with Gold Flower Reliefs & Golden Barite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Pair of 18th century Italian fragments with a gold flower relief decorated with natural forming baroque pearls to emulate the flower on a matrix of barite and double terminated calci...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Rock Crystal, Gold Leaf

19th Century Italian Peditment Fragment with Pectin Shells and Crystal on Lucite
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
19th century Italian pediment fragment decorated with pectin shells and red phantom crystal points on a lucite base. The piece is put together by Jean O'Reilly Barlow, the artist ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Candlestick Top with Agate Coral and Baroque Pearl
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian candlestick top with polished agate coral and a baroque pearl. The 18th century candlestick top originally came from a candlestick from a church in Tuscany. T...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

Pair of 18th Century Italian Candlestick Tops with Agate Coral and Baroque Pearl
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
A pair of 18th century Italian silver leaf candlestick tops with polished agate coral and baroque pearls. The hand-carved, silver leaf candlestick tops originally came from a candle...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Agate, Coral, Silver Leaf

18th Century Italian Candlestick Top with Polished Agate Coral and Baroque Pearl
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian candlestick top decorated with agatized coral and baroque pearl. The 18th century hand carved candlestick top originally came from a candlestick from a church...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Coral, Agate

18th Century Italian Candlestick on Barite Crystals, Copper and Fused Glass
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian candlestick with coordinating natural-forming copper and intertwined with fused glass and baroque pearls. It is on a matrix with tapering barite crystals from El...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Rock Crystal, Copper

18th Century Italian Ribbon Fragment on Golden Barite Crystals in Matrix
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian ribbon fragment with barite crystals and gold leaf shells on a matrix with double terminated golden barite crystals from Elk Creek Meade, South Dakota. This is a...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Leaf Fragment with Baroque Pearl & Barite Crystals on Agate
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian leaf fragment with a natural forming baroque pearl and barite crystals on barite in matrix and polished agate base. The crystals have encrusted themselves around...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Agate, Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Figure of Christ on Crystal with Mica with Baroque Pearls
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian, distressed, hand carved and painted figure of Christ on crystal with mica and tourmaline with natural forming baroque pearl. The figure of Christ came off of a ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Rock Crystal

18th Century Italian Wood Candlestick Decorated with a Crystal and Shells
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian (Region of Liguria) wood candlestick decorated with a calcite crystal in matrix, a specimen from the Elmwood Mine, and gold leaf shells. This mine produces some ...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Crystal

Pair of 18th Century Italian Finial Bases with Agate Coral on a Lucite Base
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
A pair of 18th century Italian finial bases with coordinating polished agate coral on a Lucite base. Florida’s state stone, agatized coral, began as living coral reef 40 million year...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

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Agate, Coral, Gold Leaf

18th Century Italian Gold Candlesticks with a Wallpaper Base and Polished Jasper
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian gold leaf wood candlestick with a coordinating antique wallpaper base decorated with polished jasper stones. The gold leaf candlestick originates from a large ch...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Natural Specimens

Materials

Multi-gemstone

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