CA' GIUSTINIAN Gold Mirror by FRATELLI TOSI
This amazing sconce with Venetian-style mirror can turn any room into a princely palace from times past: you can almost smell the ancient smell of the candles that lit the hallways, reflected in the mirrors to diffuse the light. This sconce captures the spirit of those times: a timeless luxury to adorn your home, with its hand-engraved embellishments and gold-tone floral decorations that can add a touch of magic to any room.
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The mirror-making tradition in Venice is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the Renaissance. Love for this centuries-old tradition is what urged Romano Tosi to abandon his master glassmaker business in the early 1900's and devote himself to the art of Venetian mirrors.
The Fratelli Tosi company, today as much as back then, is set apart by its great attention to every detail of its vast production.
Their mirrors stand out for the quality of their pure silver coating, for the superior craftsmanship and precision of the hand-engraved detailing, for the remarkable range of brilliant colours, for the spectacular decorations. "Only through the meticulous attention to these details can one obtain a Venetian mirror", and Fratelli Tosi makes this diligence its key value.
Venetian mirror production is, still today, completely handmade.
To build a Murano glass mirror, the first component is a wooden base, hand-constructed by a carpenter, made of thin overlapping layers; this will be the frame for the entire composition.
This base is where the "spechier", the mirror-maker, lays a glass sheet and cuts it to match the shape and size. He then free-hand draws the decoration that will be engraved by "free wheel" or by "diamond tip". Meanwhile, the wooden frame is completed by the carpenter.
The glass is then silvered, varnished and inserted back into the frame. The final step is embellishment with elegant glass decorative elements, such as leaves, spirals, flowers, curls or festoons, all produced in the furnace. This complex process results in a Venetian-style mirror; in the French-style, there is an added step of grinding the edges of the mirror after cutting.