At first glance the gondola appears a pretty standard vessel, and in keeping with my recent reference to Henry Ford you can apply one of his frequently paraphrased quotes to these boats:

You can have any colour you want, as long as it’s black.

The length, width, and weight are also largely standard, but the work required to finish the vessel is not.  I’ve already written about the uniqueness of the forcola, or oarlock on each vessel and the smaller polished metal decorations.  This ornamentation (el parecio) is a feature that varies widely, and this seat back was a case in point, featuring both gold and silver with finely painted details.  Even in black and white you can see that this was the work of a craftsman for the man who owns this craft. Venezia-5

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