Memorial items: Granville Collection

The Art of Inlay, Made in Italy

The decorative wood inlay technique used in our collections is an ancient art dating back to the first dynasty in ancient Egypt. In the 15th century, Italian artisans in the southern town of Sorrento adopted the technique and have handed it down from generation to generation ever since.

Each inlaid piece is made with the same precise attention to detail as a work of art, using the finest materials available to ensure its superior quality. The inlay design is created by hand-cutting and assembling thin pieces of wood and applying them to the surface to create a pattern. It's a complex and intricate process, with each phase building upon the last.

The brilliant shiny surface is achieved through a labor-intensive lacquering process that involves applying a minimum of five layers of liquid varnish and sanding between each coat. The finish enhances the beauty of the piece, ensuring it becomes a timeless family heirloom.  Visit www.Granvilleurns.com for more details

Augustus Urns

The Augustus Collection honors our great-grandfather, a man of strong values, strong character and a straightforward approach to life. Minimalist sensibilities are represented in a classic symmetrical design of intersecting rectangles in olive, blue, yellow and crimson colored limewood. A tangerine colored rectangle binds together the colored lines on the pattern signifying the ties that bond our families together.

TypeUrn SizePet SizeItem No.Price
Keepsake4 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 1 7/8"hSm 1-10 lbsG-UK1413$395.00
Memento3 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hSm 1-10 lbsG-UM1412$795.00
Vertical5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 9"hMd 11-165 lbsG-UV1411$1295.00
Horizontal10 5/8"w x 7 1/8"d x 4 1/2"hLg 11-220 lbsG-UH1410$1295.00
Picture frame7 7/8"w x 1/2"d x 9 7/8"h5"x7" photoG-UF1414$295.00

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Greer Urns

The Greer Collection remembers our great-uncle Robert Greer. The inherent elegance of white maple, walnut, mahogany and ash woods combine in a visually distinct look that reflects the beauty of the natural world. The simple yet sophisticated basket-weave pattern has intersecting lines that securely hold the memory of your loved one close to your heart and thoughts, honoring a life well-lived.

TypeUrn SizePet SizeItem No.Price
Keepsake4 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 1 7/8"hSm 1-10 lbsG-GK1413$395.00
Memento3 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hSm 1-10 lbsG-GM1412$795.00
Vertical5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hMd 11-165 lbsG-GV1411$1295.00
Horizontal10 5/8"w x 7 1/8"d x 4 1/2"hLg 11-220 lbsG-GH1410$1295.00
Picture frame7 7/8"w x 1/2"d x 9 7/8"h5"x7" photoG-GF1414$295.00

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Alexandra Urns

The Alexandra Collection pays homage to a name that has been in our family for five generations. Its design evokes elements found in traditional Sorrento music boxes with a distinctly modern palette inspired by fresh-cut flowers and spring gardens. The pattern is fresh and celebratory, conveying simple organic beauty found in nature, and creating an elegant remembrance of your loved one from season to season.

TypeUrn SizePet SizeItem No.Price
Keepsake4 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 1 7/8"hSm 1-10 lbsG-AK1413$395.00
Memento3 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hSm 1-10 lbsG-AM1412$795.00
Vertical5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hMd 11-165 lbsG-AV1411$1295.00
Horizontal10 5/8"w x 7 1/8"d x 4 1/2"hLg 11-220 lbsG-AH1410$1295.00
Picture frame7 7/8"w x 1/2"d x 9 7/8"h5"x7" photoG-AF1414$295.00

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Fortune Urns

The Fortune Collection is a tribute to our grandmother, Tutu, and the antique jewelry box she kept on her bedroom dresser. The tiny rosettes are akin to those found on ancient Roman burial stones. The delicate pattern exemplifies an appreciation for skill and quality artisanship. Its ageless, beautiful and understated design will honor your loved one and become a treasured family heirloom to be passed down for generations.


TypeUrn SizePet SizeItem No.Price
Keepsake4 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 1 7/8"hSm 1-10 lbsG-FK1413$395.00
Memento3 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hSm 1-10 lbsG-FM1412$795.00
Vertical5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hMd 11-165 lbsG-FV1411$1295.00
Horizontal10 5/8"w x 7 1/8"d x 4 1/2"hLg 11-220 lbsG-FH1410$1295.00
Picture frame7 7/8"w x 1/2"d x 9 7/8"h5"x7" photoG-FF1414$295.00

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Carolina Urns

The Carolina Collection reflects the blue skies of our home state of North Carolina, and the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, where wood inlay has its roots. This understated pattern is inspired by the traditional borders found on marquetry floors. Its thin lines and ovals form an infinite chain, representing an enduring link to your loved one and creating a timeless memorial that will be cherished for years to come.

TypeUrn SizePet SizeItem No.Price
Keepsake4 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 1 7/8"hSm 1-10 lbsG-CK1413$395.00
Memento3 1/2"w x 3 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hSm 1-10 lbsG-CM1412$795.00
Vertical5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 4 1/4"hMd 11-165 lbsG-CV1411$1295.00
Horizontal10 5/8"w x 7 1/8"d x 4 1/2"hLg 11-220 lbsG-CH1410$1295.00
Picture frame7 7/8"w x 1/2"d x 9 7/8"h5"x7" photoG-CF1414$295.00

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The Design Process

We know you want something beautiful to remember your loved one by, so we work closely with a family of skilled artisans in Sorrento, Italy, to design and craft each Granville Urns piece.

Our collections are created using a complex set of criteria including design, engineering, aesthetics, capacity requirements, and manufacturing capabilities. We spent over a year designing the initial collections, making dozens of sketches, sampling wood inlays in different colors and sizes, and creating multiple prototypes. Two of our collections are based on traditional Italian designs. Three others are new: a modern floral and two geometric designs based on classical principles.

The final result marries form and function into works of art that give you and your family multiple options to permanently memorialize your loved one.