Georgian eye miniature
A gold pendant set with a watercolour miniature of a lady’s eye with blue iris framed by dark curls, circa 1800. Eye miniatures were a curious anomaly in miniature painting which became fashionable at the end of the 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 eye miniature pendant measures just under one inch by 2/3 of an inch. Rare and completely original.