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Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker
Contact
Italian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 041739518
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A myriad of mirrors

  • • The mirrors made by the Barbini family can be found all over the world
  • • They collaborate with architects, designers and artists on special projects
  • • The company benefits from the official “Made in Murano” certification mark

AAV Barbini is the oldest operating company in Murano specialised in the art of glass engraving and the production of Venetian mirrors, as well as the restoration of antique pieces. The company’s origins can be traced back to an era that far precedes the date of its foundation by Nicolò Barbini, in 1927. In fact, the Barbini family history is intimately tied to that of Venetian glass mirror making, which has lived centuries of undisputed supremacy not only for its limpid, transparent and colourless qualities, but also for the sophisticated craftsmanship that has characterised production throughout the ages. To this day, all of the development phases take place exclusively in the Barbini workshop and are personally overseen by Nicolò’s heirs, Vincenzo and Giovanni, and by their respective sons, who constantly reinterpret this inestimable wealth of skill, techniques and secrets.

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Works

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Art. 159

This mirror features a silver frame with floral elements in Murano glass. It is part of a luxurious series of mirrors that revive the magnificent style of 17th and 18th-century Venetian style.

Height 120 cm
Width 90 cm

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker
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Art. 310

The design of this mirror was based on a model from a highly skilled Murano glassmaker who worked at the court of King Louis XIV. The silver frame and the segmented mirrored glass, bevelled, perforated and engraved by hand, recall the shimmering canals of the lovely lagoon city.

Height 164 cm
Width 200 cm

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker
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Art. 160

This mirror features a silver frame with decorative elements in Murano glass and gold leaf. It is part of a luxurious series of mirrors that revive the magnificent style of 17th and 18th-century Venetian style.

Height 118 cm
Width 143 cm

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker
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Art. AN76

The design of this mirror was based on a model from a highly skilled Murano glassmaker who worked at the court of King Louis XIV. It features an embellished silver frame with intricate details.

Height 172 cm
Width 103 cm

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker
Photo: ©Barbini Specchi Veneziani
Art. 160

The design of this mirror was based on a model from a highly skilled Murano glassmaker who worked at the court of King Louis XIV. The silver frame is adorned with delicate Murano glass elements.

Height 112 cm
Width 77 cm

Giovanni & Vincenzo Barbini Mirror maker

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Murano: the historical art of glassmaking
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Venetian glass is recognised worldwide for its century-long reputation and quality, and the island of Murano is the heart of this story. Step foot on the island to discover the history and making of the masterful creations.
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