Antique Georgian Miniature Lovers Eye Diamond Ring Signed Sir Edwin Henry Landseer With Box
Here we have an incredibly rare antique Georgian ring featuring a detailed eye miniature in the centre hand painted by none other than Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, a renowned British artist who created a wide range of paintings and sculptures over the course of his life from 1802 – 1873.
Edwin Landseer was considered something of a prodigy in the early 19th Century and became an honouree exhibitor at the Royal Academy of arts at just 13 years old. He is recognised mainly for his exquisite animal paintings, including the famous Monarch of the Glenn. His most notable work came in the form of the iconic lion sculptures which sit at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.
The miniature is preserved behind a glass window in a large, round 18ct gold gallery bordered with blue enamel and eight sparkling old mine cut diamonds, totalling approx. 1.2ct. It’s engraved with scrolling artistry on the back along with the signature “Eye Miniature of Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.”.
The story of this ring is a mystery but in the 19th Century Eye miniatures, or “Lovers’ Eyes” were a romantic jewellery trend, often gifted to spouses or secret lovers. Only the giver's eye was painted so that their identity remained a secret to all but the receiver.
It’s a remarkable antique treasure and a wonderful opportunity to own a rare and collectable work of art. It’s all in pristine condition and comes complete with an antique ring box to store it in.
We recommend you insure for £9,300. We can provide a written Valuation on completion of the sale.
WEIGHT: 15.4 grams
SIZE: L ½ (UK), 6 ¼ (US) - Can be sized, we offer this service for free, it takes approx. 1-2 weeks to complete.
FACE MEASURES: Height 26mm x Width 26mm x Depth 6mm – Miniature 12 x 12mm
METAL: 18ct Gold (Tested)
STONES: Diamonds (approx. 3 x 3mm, 0.15ct each – 1.2ct total)
AGE: Georgian. (Circa 1830)
MARKS: Inscription: “Eye Miniature of Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.”.
ITEM NUMBER: AJ840
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