the Othello convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Othello convex mirror features a series of irregularly shaped, large chunks of polished smoky rock crystal. Each one is unique. They are intersperced with turned wood cone/spikes. The simple geometry of the cones contrasts with the almost abstract shapes of the smoky quartz. The rest of the frame is lacquered black with clear Venetian glass rods bringing sparkle.

The Othello convex mirror is about 21 inches in diameter. It resides in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls!

Somehow I thought of Shakespeare’s play Othello in naming this mirror. It has nothing to do with the lead character’s blackness but more about the darkness and shimmer of the play( And Verdi’s take on Othello as a stupendous opera!).

William Mulready (1786–1863), Ira Aldridge, Possibly in the Role of Othello (1840-63)
The brilliant Paul Robeson as Othello in 1943 with Uta Hagen( the original Martha in Virginia Woolf!)

Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, probably in 1603, set in the contemporary Ottoman-Venetian War( 1570-1573) fought for the control of the island of Cyprus, a possession of Venetian Empire the since 1489. The port city of Famagusta finally fell to the Ottomans in 1571 after a protracted siege. The story revolves around two characters, Othello and Iago. Othello is a Moorish( black) military commander who was serving as a general of the Venetian army in defence of Cyprus against invasion by Ottoman Turks. He has recently married Desdemona, a beautiful and wealthy Venetian lady much younger than himself, against the wishes of her father. Iago is Othello’s malevolent ensign, who maliciously stokes his master’s jealousy until the usually stoic Moor kills his beloved wife in a fit of blind rage. Due to its enduring themes of passion, jealousy, and race, Othello is still topical and popular and is widely performed, with numerous adaptations.

Thank you Wikipedia for the above synopsis.