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Ref  ADH1   Mourning Eye Miniature

A well executed watercolour miniature of a female eye with brown iris, set with a diamond to imitate a tear, on a sea of tears, symbolic of mourning, circa 1800. Eye miniatures were a curious anomaly in miniature art fashionable at the end of the 18th century. They were an extremely intense manifestation of an already emotionally charged art,  an attempt to capture ‘the window of the soul’, the supposed reflection of a person’s most intimate thoughts and feelings. Some eye miniatures were expressions of love, and some, like this, were expressions of loss. The miniature is set to a gold pendant frame, under crystal and within a pearl surround. To reverse a curl of brown hair under crystal. The pendant measures 1 and 3/4 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches. Eye miniatures set with diamond tears are extremely rare, another example is in the V & A Museum. Original and immaculate condition.

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