The modern convex mirror has a long and varied history.

The convex mirror has been documented in many works of art, most famously Jan Van Eyck’s 1434 painting The Arnolfini Portrait.

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The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434 by Jan Van Eyck

Impressively, the convex mirror has adorned the walls of residences in Northern European homes since the 16th century!

Convex mirrors provide a far wider field of vision than flat mirrors. Goldsmiths and moneylenders found them helpful in keeping a watchful eye on areas otherwise out of view.

A Goldsmith in His Shop, 1449 by Petrus Christus

They were also a favourite of the Regency butler. Positioned above the dining room sideboard, the convex mirror enabled him to keep a discrete eye on the dinner guests.

Nowadays, the modern convex mirror serves a predominantly decorative purpose in the home. Omelo Mirrors produces a variety of modern convex mirror designs & finishes to suit both contemporary & traditional settings.

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Large Cavetto Convex Mirror (81cm dia.) in Waxed Black with a 22ct Gold Leaf Bead by Omelo Mirrors. Image supplied by customer.

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