Ca’ d’Oro is a magnificent building that faces Canal Grande within the Cannaregio neighborhood. “This Palazzo has always deeply fascinated me, with its rows of perforated balconies, intertwined clover-shaped marble pieces, moldings, and the roof battlements. I am attracted to the gothic style and the history of that time”.
Thanks to the great technique, experience and dedication of our engraver in Murano, we have been able to design Ca d’Oro’s architectural style on the glass. The façade’s details are visible on the object, perforated as lace, which Josif Brodskij described: “The upright lace of Venetian façades is the best line that time – alias – water has left on mainland anywhere”. The Palazzo glasses are perfect for all cocktails, but they are just as beautiful as small plant vases or pencil stands for desks.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.