The Dagmar convex mirror uses a frame I found in Venice. I have added clear cones and quartz spheres to the design. I gold leafed details( such as the head of the pins I used on the spheres) to unify the elements.
The frame is only 6 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.
Truly jewelry for walls.
The Dagmar convex mirror is named for Princess Dagmar of Denmark( 1847-1928) who became the Czarina Maria Feodorovna of Russia when she married Alexander III in 1886.
She was slim and petite and was very popular with the Russian people. Her husband, a big bear of a man, was devoted to her. She relished her role as empress and brought elegance to the spendthrift and decadent court. However, that did not deter her from wearing masses of jewelry from the royal collections. These jewels were famous for their size and quality. She wore these jewels with so much love that she struggled to part with them when her daughter-in-law became empress.
The tragedy of Maria Feodrovna’s life can be traced to the Russian revolution in 1917. She was forced to leave Russia in 1919 leaving her son Nicholas II and his family behind. They were slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
She lived out her life in Denmark, her support coming from the jewels she had managed to bring with her. Her generosity and stoicism during this time were admirable. She died at 80 outliving four of her six children.