Meet our lord of mirrors Federico and dive into his work
It is time to slow down, chill and appreciate the art of true artistic manufacturing.
Discover the artistry of an antique trade, the beauty of Venetian Glass Making Tradition and our unique country.
Italy and its people.
The master and his art
Focus on: silvering techniques
The Paesaggi Italiani family line takes inspiration from Italy and its uniqueness. The new family line is like an ideal journey along the country which focuses on Italian monuments and beautiful hidden places that fascinate the eye of the observer. A journey rediscovering nature and our roots. So that we don't forget.
Who does it?
Our lord of mirrors
Federico is a moto-phile.
He is a real pro in the varnishing and silvering techniques. In fact Fede has been working in this sparkling world since he was eighteen in 1994.
He worked in the motorbike field for Aprilia, Ducati and BMW just to name a few and in 2005 he started working in Arte Veneziana as a silvering master.
Federico is a father of two and, in his free-time, loves cycling .
The silvering technique
Federico & his craftsmanship
Federico is a real expert at silvering glass. Silvering is an art. An ancient technique typical of our Venetian area.
This is an entirely handmade process, an extremely important step in our production at Arte Veneziana.
The final mirrored effect confers identity and uniqueness to every single piece and can not be totally controlled by men.
It depends on the artisan's skills but also on other different factors like the weather conditions.
From glass to mirror
Federico & his magic working technique
The first stage of this process is to thoroughly clean the glass tile.
The second step is to sensitive the glass and then it is time to silver.
Silvering the glass requires a lot of attention and precision.
A skilled master might even be able to forecast how the silver behaves. Learning to manage this art skillfully takes many years.
From clear mirror to heavy antiqued one
We are able to perform different kinds of antique silvered finish with an anti-corrosion copper plating.
According to clients' requirements, Federico balances the right concentration of silver which defines the different shades of antique finish.
We start from a light-antique finish and and gradually increase until we obtain a heavy-antique one.
The heavy-antique finish is reminiscent of the elegant and precious mirrors of yesteryear.