the Lazulum Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

The Lazulum convex mirror is comprised of a custom wood frame that has been gilded in metal leaf. Creating a corona of spikes are lapis lazuli points and gilded cones surmounted by faceted lapis spheres.

This mirror is about 20 inches in diameter.  It resides in my studio till being shipped to one of my showrooms. 

Jewelry for walls.

The Lazulum convex mirror is named for the precious blue metamorphic rock, lapis lazuli found in the Indus Valley. Lazulum is etymologically related to the color blue and used as a root for the word for blue in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.

Lapis lazuli has been used since before ancient Egypt( just look at Tutankamun’s funerary mask).  In the middle ages it was ground into the pigment known as ultramarine blue.  This very expensive paint was used by such artists as Vermeer and  Titian.

European royalty has enjoyed the lavish decorative possibilities of lapis.  In the Medici Argenti Museum in Florence, Italy you can find many beautiful examples of carving and pietre dure( hard stone inlay).

A big chunk on natural lapis lazuli

One of my lapis spheres
A carved lapis lazuli flask by Bernardo Buantalenti for the Medici in about 1583.

A table commissioned by the Medici in 1568. It was designed by Vasari and took ten years to produce. It is made of hard stone inlay called pietre dure. Of course the blue is lapis lazuli. Its royal provenance goes back 400 years. It was on the market for $11.6 million.