Magnificat Mirror – Calligrapher’s Gold

Inspired by an early twentieth-century bracelet, the interlocking elements of the mirror frame’s structure presented a wonderful technical challenge. Forty-eight sections were made and lacquered in rich red natural lacquer that was then covered with pure gold leaf and rubbed back. The concave faces of every section were covered with burnt natural straw that gave a subtle reflective counter-balance to the gold. A wooden back supports the frame’s structure and the polished mirror at the center.
Dimensions: inches dia 55 1/8 in thk 3 in.
Weight: 77 lbs.
Materials: gold leaf, natural lacquer, and straw marquetry.