Venetian mirrors: Reflections of the Serenissima

Renowned for their elegance and sophistication, Venetian mirrors have a fascinating history that dates back centuries. Created by Venetian master glassmakers whose skills have been passed down from generation to generation, these exceptional pieces of craftsmanship have an history closely linked to the city of Venice.

Already in the Middle Ages, the city of Venice developed a particular expertise in the manufacture of glass, then mainly used for the manufacture of pearls and luxury objects. Artisans are constantly looking for new experiments and improvements in the transparency of glass.

During the 13th century, glass production took a turn thanks to the promulgation of laws aimed at protecting manufacturing secrets and controlling their quality. Considered valuable members of Venetian society, master glassmakers enjoyed many privileges. They were nevertheless subject to strict restrictions and were not allowed to leave the city, in order to prevent the dissemination of the secrets of glassmaking outside the Republic of Venice.

Venetian mirrors as we know them today began to be produced in the 15th century. The craftsmen had developed a particular technique, the method of leaf silvering, which consisted in applying a thin layer of liquid silver to the back side of a glass plate in order to create a reflective surface. A large ball of glass was blown, then cut into several plates then polished, in order to obtain a completely smooth surface. After that, the famous silvering was applied to the back, thus giving rise to a magnificent mirror.

Quickly popular throughout Europe, Venetian mirrors were considered objects of great luxury and were ordered for aristocratic residences and royal palaces.

It was in the 17th century that production reached its peak.

Adorned with floral motifs, delicate carvings and intricate engravings, each mirror is a unique piece and is completely covered with glass plates. There is often a pediment and a glazing bead frame that allows you to enlarge the glazed surface.

Over time, Venetian mirrors have become staples of interior design and continue to fascinate art lovers around the world today. Their classic beauty and high quality make them centerpieces of interiors. In a living room, bedroom or hallway, a Venetian mirror has the ability to transform the ambiance of a room by adding sophistication and poetry.