Votive ObjectsThe precious votive vases in silver donated to the church by the metropolitan clergy and some noble families at the time of the famous procession in 1633 form another matching and unique group. The ebony and silver Crucifix on the wall opposite, also carried out in the Grand Ducal workshops, dates from the same period. It is yet another testimonial of the close relations that existed between the Medici family and the Church of Impruneta, to which the reigning family was particularly devoted.The exhibits also include several other objects in silver dating from the 18th century.
An elegant bowl with a matching jug, decorated with phytomorphic plant volutes and acanthus leaves, is displayed beside a collection of church furnishings, formed of chalices, pyxes, candle holders and monstrances. They are all of Florentine manufacture, except for the richly decorated chalice, characterised by its repetitive design of heads of cherubs, carried out in Palermo in 1696.
Another altar trapping of Florentine manufacture in embossed and engraved silver is composed of a complete series of six candleholders and a crucifer with a cross. It was created for the altar of the Madonna, it was offered to the Venerated Image of Impruneta by Marquis Cosimo Riccardi on the occasion of the solemn procession in 1711.
Other 18th century religious furnishings include a red velvet silk missal cover with silver appliqué work dated 1702; it is decorated with an Assumption of the Virgin that recalls the worship of the Madonna that, for centuries, has stimulated illustrious commissions and the work of great artists.
Notable among the more recent religious furnishings are the pair of small glass and silver plated ampullae, elegant examples of the Neo-classical taste in Rome between the 18th and 19th centuries, and the pair of early 20th century candleholders, characterised by elegant and typically Liberty floral decorations.