Coral branches

The first one :
Height 29,8 cm
Width 30 cm
Weight 339 g

The second one :
Height 26 cm
Width 21 cm
Weight 389 g

Since antiquity, coral has been used in glyptics, jewelry and tableware. Considered extremely rare and precious due to the difficulty of harvesting, coral was prized as a decorative ornament as early as the 16th century. In the seventeenth century, the city of Trapani, Sicily, became the center of coral work. Thanks to the abundant coral reefs that supplied the corporation of coral sculptors, the Italian city took advantage of its large commercial port to export its coral throughout Europe until the end of the 18th century.

The value of the coral branches is evaluated by the size of their foot, the thicker the foot, the bushier and older they are. And their color: the coral has a color ranging from orange to dark red. The "ox-blood" color of our corals is the most prized.

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