the Martes convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Martes convex mirror uses an inexpensive frame as its base. Its the shape that makes a good base but this one had to have the cavity filled in order to give it heft and strength. I lacquered the frame black and added clear Venetian glass rods to give it sparkle and depth. I created a layer of smoky jewels in two three sizes with the largest “floating” off the longest ray.

The Martes convex mirror is about 12.75 inches in diameter. It is in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls!

The Martes convex mirror is named for the rich color that is associated with the small mammal, the Sable. Sables( Martes zibellina) are small omnivorous creatures of the marten family.

Their fur is one of the most luxurious and valuable in the world. Sable is used primarily for fur coats( a nasty and deplorable use of these lively, intelligent and industrious animals). But their fur is also used for artist’s sable brushes.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton wearing their matching sable coats sometime in the 70’s.
Marie Antoinette and her Children by Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun ( 1787). Marie Antoinette’s skirt is trimmed with sable fur.
An array of sable brushes.