the Mélisande Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Mélisande convex mirror is a classic design of mine with a twist.  The gold metal leafed frame is studded with Venetian glass and quartz beads and clear cabochons.  The crystal quartz points are backed with golden, transparent Venetian glass stringers.  This backing echoes through the crystal and unites it with the gold of the frame.

This round mirror is about 11 inches in diameter.  It resides in my studio till being shipped to one of my showrooms. 

Jewelry for walls.

Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas and Mélisande) is an opera in five acts with music by Claude Debussy. The French libretto was adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck’s symbolist play. It was premiered at the Salle Favart in Paris by the Opéra-Comique on 30 April 1902 with Jean Périer as Pelléas and Mary Garden as Mélisande in a performance conducted by André Messager , who was instrumental in getting the Opéra-Comique to stage the work. The only opera Debussy ever completed, it is considered a landmark in 20th-century music.

The Symbolist movement in late 19th century art, theater and music was a reaction to natural or realistic depictions of the human condition.  Metaphors or “symbols” were used to make a more abstract or impressionistic interpretation.

The plot concerns a love triangle . Prince Golaud finds Mélisande, a mysterious young woman, lost in a forest. He marries her and brings her back to the castle of his grandfather, King Arkel of Allemonde. Here Mélisande becomes increasingly attached to Golaud’s younger half-brother Pelléas, arousing Golaud’s jealousy. Golaud goes to excessive lengths to find out the truth about Pelléas and Mélisande’s relationship, even forcing his own child, Yniold, to spy on the couple. Pelléas decides to leave the castle but arranges to meet Mélisande one last time and the two finally confess their love for one another. Golaud, who has been eavesdropping, rushes out and kills Pelléas. Mélisande dies shortly after, having given birth to a daughter, with Golaud still begging her to tell him “the truth.”

Thank you Wikipedia for the above.  For more go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell%C3%A9as_et_M%C3%A9lisande_(opera)

Personally, I find Debussy’s opera to be a diaphanous bore.  Musicians tend to love it and consider it to be a masterpiece but for me its a long slog through Debussy’s soft and impressionistic music.  Go to https://operatalks.wordpress.com/

Mary Garden as the original Mélisande.