Bruno Barbon Antiques
Calle dei Calegheri 2856 – San Polo, Venice – Italy
On commission, Bruno Barbon creates moretti (Venetian moors), putti, candlesticks, frames, plaques, ornaments, sculptures and furniture of all kinds. His creations range from unique pieces made to the customer’s design to copies and reproductions of period works.
He is one of the few craftsman who still carves the famous moretti veneziani.
He sells Antiques and he restores furniture, chairs, console tables, frames, sculptures and wooden pieces of any period or style.
His studio is located in Venice in the San Polo sestiere, in Calle dei Calegheri 2856, nearby Campo San Tomà and just a short distance from Basilica dei Frari and Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
Carving is an artistic technique by means of which carved ornaments or reliefs on wooden surfaces are created with the aid of various types of chisels. Master carver Bruno Barbon carves figures and ornamentation for period furniture and also frames, plaques and statues, such as the famous moretti veneziani (Venetian moors). This art is based on design, craftsman’s skill and good taste: the works are carved by hand and this guarantees their uniqueness.
Bruno Barbon offers customers reliable and meticulous restoration work, the methodology of which varies depending on the period, type of wood or other material in which many antique pieces of furniture were created. On performing restoration work, careful attention is paid to the origins of the piece, working to restore its ancient splendour by means of preservation techniques performed solely by hand, with period materials and natural products such as organic glues, beeswax and shellac.
Wax polishing is probably the oldest known finishing technique. This technique bestows the furniture with a semi-gloss satin finish and its basic element is virgin beeswax.
French polishing is a form of polishing in which shellac is used. It requires a certain skill in the technique and a great deal of time and patience. It is used for finishing veneered furniture, furniture on which “lastronatura” has been applied (a technique very similar to veneering but usually with slightly thicker slices of wood) or in any case of fine workmanship, bestowing the furniture with unparalleled shine and depth.
Gilding with pure gold leaf is a decorative process that consists in covering an object with a very fine layer of gold. Bruno Barbon uses water gilding, a technique that gives incomparable transparency and brilliance.
Lacquering is a finishing technique that consists in covering an object with a resinous substance – lacquer – in order to protect it or, in the majority of cases, to decorate it, creating a layer that is resistant to humidity and high temperatures and an effective barrier against woodworm and other insects. There are various lacquering techniques but the one practised in Europe since the seventeenth century is of Chinese origin.
Distinctive Features of the Studio
Unique and exclusive works
Hand crafting and the infinite potential of customisation lead to the creation of unique work, which is why you will never find anything similar in any other shop: that is the major difference between craftsman’s production and industrial mass production. Uniqueness and exclusivity have always set apart the production of the Studio of Bruno Barbon.
If you have a precise idea of the object that you would like to own but you cannot find it in the shops; if you are looking for something special but your ideas are still somewhat confused, go to the Studio armed with a sketch, a photo a design or simply your imagination: Bruno Barbon will help you to define the details and will make your project a reality.
Documentation of work progress
The sculptures, frames and wooden objects are hand crafted and require a certain amount of time to complete: at the Studio, there are often finished works and works for sale, but there is no stock. The woks are created on commission by master carver Bruno Barbon in person. While you wait, to get involved in the creation of your sculpture, we will send you photos of the various phases in the process.
Certificate of Authenticity
Each work will reach your home complete with a certificate of authenticity signed by Bruno Barbon. You will also be sent a handbook with plenty of advice on how to maintain your object in a good state of repair: wood is a living material, the qualities of which can remain unaltered over time by employing just a few simple tricks.
The transportation of works of art is particularly complex, which is why Bruno Barbon relies on specialised removals firms that guarantee a speedy service and the utmost protection of the item transported. The works are carefully packed with materials like bubble wrap, protective film and expanded polystyrene, ensuring they remain fully protected until they reach their destination. On request, it is possible to take out an insurance policy for any damage suffered during transportation or handling.