The Grand Tour in Venice - Page 154



THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
Fig. 106 Shops
on Rialto Bridge,
Venice, Italy.
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THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
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SHOPS
The Venetians’ skill at manufacturing luxury
objects, in particular lace, glass, and leather,
much of it centred on the islands of Burano
and Murano, provided important attractions
to tourists and in turn encouraged the
development of shops where these products
could be attractively retailed. Some of
the principal shops were centred around
the Rialto bridge (fig. 106), a centre for
goldsmiths’ work and the site of the Venice
Exchange; the bridge itself, rebuilt in 1588,
provided space for shops. In 1756 Lady Mary
Montagu described the joys of shopping in
Venice to the Countess of Bute:
My dear Child, – I received yours of November
29th, with great pleasure… and am highly delighted
with th e snuff-box: that manufacture is at present
as much in fashion at Venice as at London...
I was sh owed (of th eir own in vention) a set of
furniture, in a taste entirely new: it consists
of eigh t large arm ed-chairs, th e sam e number of
sconces, a table, and prodigious looking-glass, all of
glass. It is impossible to imagine th eir beauty; th ey
deser ve being placed in a prince's dressing-room…

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