In Venetian mirrors the engraved patterns, feature floral designs or, in complex patterns, they feature mythological or bucolic figurative scenes.
There are three types of Venetian mirrors:
Mirrors with leaves and flowers. Here the engraved mirrors are bordered by glass elements (leaves, flowers, reeds, decorative elements). All the decorative elements are fixed to the structure by means of special nails whose head is covered by a small glass boss.
Drilled mirrors. The decorative part of these mirrors (besides engraving) stems from "drilled" elements made of small hand-bevelled mirror pieces which, placed side by side, create extremely intricate decorative patterns.
Wood inlay mirrors. In this case, the engraved mirror s are inserted within an inlayed and golden wooden frame. Inlay mirrors which are more recent than those with leaves and flowers or drilled mirrors, began to expand from the eighteenth century.