Artistic Tradition

French Style Colbert Console

Craftsmanship 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.

Handcrafted Luxury Console

Colbert French Style Console

Hand Painted Decorations


Structure made of wood with black finish.

Light antiqued mirror bevelled with polished edge and glossy sphere engravings.

Central parts made of blue silvered glass with hand painted decorations.


Size: W. 140 cm, D. 51 cm, H. 90 cm

Size: W. 55” 1/8, D. 20”, H. 35” 1/2

Code: FCN-LDC-005-50

Custom made to specifications.

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Product Designer

Leo De Carlo


Leo De Carlo was born in Venice in 1972. He graduated in Industrial Design from the Milan Polytechnic in 1998. He worked for Philippe Starck in Paris from 1999 to 2003, handling furnishings, lighting, electronics and interiors projects.

He returned to Italy in 2003 and went into business on his own. He currently lives and works in Venice.

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