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Ref  FB5  Georgian Eye Miniature

Eye miniatures were a curious anomaly in miniature painting which became fashionable in the late 18th century. They were an extremely intense manifestation of an already emotionally charged art, apparently an attempt to capture ‘the window of the soul’, the supposed reflection of a person’s most intimate thoughts and feelings. This watercolour eye miniature, circa 1790, is executed on a diminutive scale. It depicts a female eye with blue iris, strands of auburn hair falling across her forehead. It is set to a gold fichu brooch within a pearl surround which measures 2/3 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Pearls were used in such jewellery to symbolise love itself, the very nature of a pearl signifying natural perfection and purity. The quality of the painting on such a microscopic scale is superior and the piece is completely original and immaculate.

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