Lovers' eyes miniatures were in favor in Georgian times, normally watercolor, depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one or a child. These were usually worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional purpose as lockets hiding portraits or locks of hair. This fashion started in the late 1700s and miniaturists such as Richard Cosway and George Engleheart were authors of some of the first pieces.
Presented rose gold brooch of remarkable scallop shell shape is pretty large among Georgian Lover's eye brooches. It measures 1 1/8" X 1 1/16" and weighs 5.1 grams. Gold is 14K tested.
The eye miniature is painted with water colors and well preserved. It is covered with half moon shape convex carved crystal which serves as a lens and surrounded with yellow gold milgrain. The crystal surface has some imperfections. The back of the brooch is convex. There are a few scratches at the base of C clasp hinge.
This pin is a part of my collection which I gathered for many years.
Very good condition commensurate with age.
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