Palazzo Ducale couldn’t have been left out of the collection of glasses paying tribute to Venice’s Palazzos. It has always been a symbol of Venice, able to enchant artists, writers, and travelers from all around the world with its magnificence, its maze of capitals, gothic balconies and allegorical sculptures, all elements making it an extraordinary place. The building seems to be magically appearing from the water, as Lord Byron wrote: “I saw from out the wave her structures rise as from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand”. The Palazzo Ducale glass, made in crystal and antique crystal glass, showcases the lightness of the perforated marble. The drawing, which alternates the thin trait to large one-color backgrounds grinded in the glass, plays with the contrasts present on the glass, making the object pleasant to touch. The Palazzo glasses are perfect for all cocktails, but they can just as easily become magnificent decoration objects.
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.