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ISBN-10: 191128293X
ISBN-13: 9781911282938
Publisher: Giles
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 7.40" W, 1.30" H

Lover’s Eyes: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

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Overview

A significant addition to the fascinating study of rare and intriguing late 18th- and early 19th-century eye miniatures.

Until the early 2000s, little had been written about eye miniatures or “Lover’s Eyes”, and their short-lived popularity at the end of the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries, when hand-painted portraits of single human eyes were set in jewelry, or created to memorialize a deceased loved one. This volume examines their role in the broader context of Georgian and early Victorian portrait miniatures; and looks in detail at the creation, and appeal, of these extraordinary objects.

Dr and Mrs. David A. Skier’s collection of eye miniatures is one of the most complete collections of this genre of miniature painting in existence. This volume features over 130 pieces from the Skier Collection, with 36 extraordinary newly acquired pieces, including two of the three known existing “Lover’s Lips”, and six examples of a delightful sub-category known as “Flower Eyes”. There are illustrated essays on forgeries and fakes of lovers’ eyes, on “Flower Eyes”, on the persistence of the eye image which continues the tradition of lovers’ eyes, and an essay on the eye miniatures created by Richard Cosway.

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"A sight for sore eyes and a delight to behold."–James Panero, The New Criterion


"A richly illustrated cache of over 130 of the bejeweled, hand-painted treasures." –Lauren Moya Floyd, Hyperallergic

"Collecting with an eye for quality."–Peter Trippi, Fine Art Connoisseur

"Lets us peer at one of the most extensive private collections of these weird and wonderful 18th- and 19th-century works, most of which stare right back."–Anne Wallentine, Artillery Magazine

"Charming, beautiful and informative."–M. J. Rose, The Adventurine
"Should definitely be on the shelf of anyone interested in Georgian and Victorian jewellery, sentimental jewellery or European jewellery!"–Sigrid van Roode, bedouinsilver.com

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ISBN-10: 191128293X
ISBN-13: 9781911282938
Publisher: Giles
Publish Date: 09/14/2021
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 7.40" W, 1.30" H
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