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Lover’s Eyes: How Eye Miniatures Became the Mood Rings of the Late 1700s
"Lover's eye" ring, circa 1790. "The miniatures were popularized by a scandalous affair between the Prince of Wales, later crowned King George IV of England, and a widowed commoner named Maria Fitzherbert. Despite disapproval from the court, the two wed in secret, and in 1785 commissioned portraits of their eyes as discreet and intimate tokens of affection."
Eye brooch by Foxfern, photo 7.Again, same artist. Recently sold GBP 1795 ebay.Look at other eye miniatures listed by the same dealer. All eyes are made by the same artist. Is it possible that the same lover's eye painter's work are collected by the same collector after 200 years? And all these work come to the market at the same time?
New-York Historical Society | Brooch ("Tear" jewelry)
Mourning Brooch ("Tear" jewelry), 1800-1830. Made from Ivory, paint, metal, garnet, and glass. 1 x 1 in. Brooch of the mourning "Tear" jewelry type; detail of 1 brown eye and side of face with curling hair; etched frame in gold metal designed as snake swallowing its own tail and with 1 pink garnet eye; glass on obverse is chipped; glass compartment on reverse meant to hold hair (now empty); pin attachment. From the New York Historical Society.