What is a Venetian mirror?
While polished metal mirrors have existed since ancient times, glass Venetian mirrors are thought to have first been produced on the , in Italy, beginning in the 1500s ( for Venetian mirrors). Set in ornate frames frequently bedecked with gold highlights or floral leaf designs, Venetian glass mirrors were handmade by artisans using refined, expert techniques for royalty and for members of the upper class. By the 17th century, Venetian mirrors were in high demand. Because antique Venetian glass mirrors are still very popular today, there are many knockoffs on the market. Today’s authentic Venetian mirrors are still produced only on the island of Murano.
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