For Your Eyes Only: Lover’s Eye Brooch
The genre of jewelry referred to as a lover’s eye is perhaps one of the most intimate of all. Often these miniature paintings featured only the eye of the individual depicted with the intent of keeping preserving the anonymity of that person. This type of sentimental memento found its popularity during the late 18th century and continued well into the 19th.
Set under beveled glass, the right eye of a gentleman has been rendered in brown and sepia watercolor hues on a wafer of ivory placed closed back in yellow gold. Surrounding the portrait antique natural freshwater pearls (not original) have been strung and secured onto the gold frame with monofilament. With 18th century Georgian three dimensional florets of 15k yellow gold grace the perimeter of the brooch with a delicate accent.
To the reverse is the original pin stem which extends beyond the perimeter of the brooch. Typical of a number of 18th and 19th century brooches, the tip was placed back into the fabric for additional security.
Can be converted to pendant if desired. Contact us for details.
Date: Circa 1830.
Measurements: 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.5 cm) in width. Weight of 4.4 grams (2.8 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; pearls have been restrung and are not original the frame but are antique; two pearls slightly less white; one area of restoration to the gold frame visible only with magnification. Portrait has a few tiny circular spots where the paint is deficient if viewed with a loupe.
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