French Style Bucintoro Mirror
Craftsmanship and Made in Italy
The French style mirror industry began in 1665 when the French politician Jean-Baptiste Colbert persuaded some important Venetian masters to move to France.
That is the story behind French Style Mirrors. This style is different from the Venetian one. It is characterised by a deep grinding and a more geometric design.
A French mirror is in fact made of lots of different bevelled pieces that are close together and create a harmonious geometrical figure. A beautiful example is Donato, an iconic mirror by Arte Veneziana that is made of 412 hand bevelled pieces. The most visible difference between a Venetian and a French mirror is the total absence of hand-blown glass decorations on the latter.
Handmade Two-Tone Luxury Mirror with Fretwork Crest
Bucintoro French Style Mirror
Handmade Engravings and Hand Bevelled Glass Decorations
Fretwork structure made of fir wood with antique finish.
Central part, crest and decorative tiles made of bevelled glass with medium antique mirrored finish.
Frame made of dark blue coloured glass.
A certain blue enters your soulHenry Matisse
Inspired by the Blue Shades of the French Seine
Canaletto Family Line
Blue is the Key Player
The Canaletto family line recalls a romantic trip along the Seine. The most iconic element of this line of mirrors is blue like the shades of a beautiful river or a clear sky. And that's why Arte Veneziana decided to name one of its mirror lines Canaletto. This name, which means small river in Italian, is the perfect fit for the blue and silvered family of mirrors.
Smooth and Shiny Edges
Our glass masters use different wheels to chamfer and obtain shiny glass pieces that will be used on the mirrors and furniture afterwards.
This is a fundamental step in our production: no machines can replace the manual work on this extremely delicate matter. The bevelling can only be realised with a long and precise handmade procedure.
An ancient engraving manufacturing process which still remains entirely handmade as per Venetian traditions.