French style Orsay mirror
Craftsmanship and Made in Italy
French style mirrors industry was born 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 Venetian one. It is characterized by a deep grinding and a more geometric design.
A French mirror in fact is made of lots of different bevelled pieces that are closed together and create an 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.
Handmade luxury mirror with fretwork crest
Orsay French style mirror
Handmade engravings and hand bevelled glass decorations
Fretwork structure made of fir wood with antique finish.
Central part made of bevelled glass with light antique mirrored finish.
Frames with thumbnail-shaped etchings and crest made of bevelled and engraved glass with light antique mirrored finish.
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The french taste to its best
Versailles Family Line
The most beautiful palace
The family line Versailles takes its name by one of the most famous palace in the world. In this well known place kings and queens of France used to live magnificently. Arte Veneziana decided to name one of its mirror family line Versailles. This group has a typical french royal allure.
Smooth and shiny edges
Our glass masters use different wheels to chamfer and get the glass pieces shiny that will be used on the mirrors and furniture afterwards.
This is a fundamental step of our production: no machines can replace the manual work on this extremely delicate matter. The beveling can be realized thanks to a long and accurate handmade procedure only.
An ancient engraving manufacturing process which still remains entirely handmade as per Venetian traditions.