Alabaster Desk Organizer Utensil Holder Made in Italy
Beautiful translucent white alabaster stone desk holder with bold contrasting tan and black detailing. Has a beautiful combination of white, tan and black stone in a round shape. Use this piece to hold pens and other items on your desktop. Originally made in Italy with the original sticker. Made of alabaster stone.
Alabaster is a soft, fine-grained stone that has been used for sculpture and decorative arts in Italy for centuries. The history of alabaster in Italy can be traced back to ancient times, when the stone was used by the Etruscans and the Romans for architectural and decorative purposes.
It is in great vintage condition with the original sticker. Was made in Italy.
Measures - 2.75" D X 4" H
During the Middle Ages, alabaster carving became a significant art form in Italy, with many skilled artisans working in the cities of Florence, Volterra, and Pisa. Alabaster was used to create intricate religious sculptures, such as altarpieces, crucifixes, and statues of saints.
In the Renaissance period, alabaster continued to be a popular material for sculpture, with artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello using it in their works. During this time, alabaster carving became more refined, with intricate details and delicate textures.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, alabaster became a popular decorative material for interior design, with many wealthy patrons commissioning large-scale alabaster sculptures for their homes and public buildings.
Today, Italy is still a major producer of alabaster, with the cities of Volterra and Florence being important centers for alabaster carving. Italian alabaster is highly prized for its translucent quality, which allows light to pass through the stone, creating a warm, soft glow.
Overall, the history of alabaster in Italy is a testament to the skill and creativity of Italian artisans, and the enduring beauty of this unique and versatile stone.