The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

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This lavishly illustrated volume explores the fascinating and little-known subject of 'lover's eyes', hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewellery and given as tokens of affection, or created to memorialise a deceased loved one. According to popular lore, the phenomenon began in 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert with a miniature of his own eye. This romantic gesture inspired a fad among the aristocracy for exchanging eye portraits mounted in a wide variety of settings including brooches, rings, lockets and toothpick cases.

This new book accompanies an exhibition by the same title organised by the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest exhibition of its kind to date, with over 98 examples drawn from the private collection of Dr. and Mrs. David A. Skier of Birmingham, Alabama. Graham Boettcher discusses the history and function of lover's eyes, as well as the language and symbolism of their jewelled settings; Elle Shushan examines their role in the broader context of Georgian and early Victorian portrait miniatures; and Jo Manning offers five fictional vignettes imagining the circumstances surrounding the creation of a selection of these extraordinary objects.

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'The book casts light on a small, neglected corner of sentimental jewellery that, in its personal nature, still has the power to move the reader two centuries on'. --Jewellery History Today

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Graham C. Boettcher is the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, where he oversees the collections of American fine and decorative art before 1945.

Elle Shushan is among the world's foremost dealers in American and European portrait miniatures, and works with many of the leading private and public collections of miniatures.

Jo Manning is a romance novelist and the author of My Lady Scandalous (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a biographical account of the royal courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliot.

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Book Description GILES, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection Dr. Graham Boettcher, contributions by Elle Shushan and Jo Manning This stunning volume explores the little-known subject of "lover s eyes," hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewellery and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert with a miniature of his own eye, he inspired an aristocratic fad for exchanging eye portraits mounted in a wide variety of settings including brooches, rings, lockets and toothpick cases. Graham Boettcher discusses the history and function of lover s eyes, as well as the language and symbolism of their jewelled settings; Elle Shushan examines their role in the broader context of Georgian and early Victorian portrait miniatures; and Jo Manning offers five fictional vignettes imagining the circumstances surrounding the creation of these extraordinary objects. OUT OF PRINT Hardcover 208 pages 7.4" x 7.4" Published 2012. Seller Inventory # ABE-1614358624119

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