Georgian Mourning Eye Miniature
Fine quality Georgian watercolour eye minature, circa 1790 – 1800. The miniature depicts an eye with blue iris in a surround of brooding dark clouds, symbolic of mourning. It is set to a gold navette brooch. These most intimate portraits were at the heart of very private exchanges at the end of the 18th century, encapsulating love and in this case, loss. The brooch measures 1 and 3/4 inches by 1 and 1/8 inches and the miniature is well executed and original.