Through an Innocent Eye - Lover's Eye Brooch
Conceivably the most secret and elusive of all sentimental jewelry is that of the lover’s eye. Characteristically the miniature portrait presents only an eye, although sometimes a shadow of a nose or several locks of hair accompany the eye.
Very scarce, this Georgian era watercolor on ivory displays the right eye of a youngish woman. Light brown in color, the eye is crowned with the arch of a reddish-brown eyebrow and a spray of curly red hair delicately separating into distinct locks. Just a whisper of a kiss of pale rose coloring accents her alabaster cheek and balances the symmetry of the image.
Set within a brooch of warm antique gold, the elongated oval portrait has a white surround edged with gold borders and embellished with a design of slightly overlapping sea foam green hearts with gold perimeters. The miniature is covered with convex glass. The reverse has a glass covered oval locket back with hair compartment still retaining original fabric lining but deficient of hair. Please note the period brooch fittings and attached safety ring. The brooch may be worn as pendant by threading a chain or ribbon through the safety ring.
Measurements: 1 3/14 inches (4.4 cm) in length by 15/16 of an inch (2.3 cm) in width. Miniature is 1-7/16 inches (3.2 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) in width. Weight of 9.8 grams (6.3 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; a replaced pin stem; on reverse a few tiny holes to the gold on locket back and edge visible with magnification; a bit of patina near hinge; hair now missing from locket.
Date & Origin: Circa 1810 – 1820 and is English in origin.
Note: Very scarce.
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