the Marlene II Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

My new revised Marlene convex mirror.  Deeper.  Richer.

The Marlene II convex mirror was made because of my preference for the color green.  Specially emerald green.  I found a frame that was almost a star shape and thought that his would be perfect for an emerald mirror.  Layers and layers of Venetian glass rods in all colors of green were added to the freshly silver leafed frame.  Even the side of the frame are covered in glass rods.

Marlene has been revised to include a sprinkling of jewels in all shades of green. As Aunt Alicia says to Gigi in the sublime movie Gigi, “Only the most beautiful of emeralds have that miracle of blue.  You see the blue flame darting about in the depth of the green light?”

The convex mirror is shaped like half an orange to give the mirror added depth and drama.

This mirror is 14 inches in diameter and is in our Dallas Showroom, Allan Knight.  For more information call 214-741-2227.

Jewelry for walls.

The Marlene convex mirror is dedicated to the screen legend Marlene Dietrich.  She was known to wear her own jewels in her films and her sense of style and chic recklessness lead her to buy emeralds of colossal scale.  Dietrich chose these emeralds for her role as Madeleine de Beaupre opposite Gary Cooper in the film Desire. The large clip featured a jaw-dropping 97-carat emerald surrounded by diamonds, a piece created by Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin.

Miss Dietrich considered emeralds to be the best jewels for blondes.

In 1939, Dietrich, her husband Rudolph Sieber and their daughter Maria were just about to board the Normandie to sail back to Paris when Internal Revenue Service agents presented the actress, who’d just received American citizenship, with a delinquent tax bill of $248,000 for earnings she made outside the U.S.  The IRS agents then seized and rummaged through her 34 pieces of luggage, scooping up a haul of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and her precious emeralds valued anywhere between $100,000 to $400,000.  After much arguing between the agents and her lawyer, Dietrich and her family were finally allowed to board the ship and her jewels were placed in escrow to guarantee the taxes upon her return.

Needless to say, Dietrich’s emeralds were used to pay her taxes….But she continued to buy flamboyant jewels for the rest of her life and auctioned them off when she needed the money.  After her death the only jewelry she had kept was a spectacular ruby cuff.  It sold at auction for almost a million dollars.