Archive for September, 2015

Liberty Enamel

A stunning Arts and Crafts 1903 silver by Liberty & Co. from their Cymric design line.

The Magnificent Tree (each and every one)

Welcome Autumn, glorious color, warmth like a blanket, the light touch of a leaf on my shoulder, my favorite season of the year . . . no thought to all the leaves that will need raking, though happy will be the children who hurl themselves into the pile!

Mighty Oak Button

This button was once thought to represent a famous tree in Connecticut. I still rather wish it was known by that name (Charter Oak), for it’s a good name for a stately tree on a button! The design of this 19th C. relief picture is quite pleasing. And it is Lot 242 in our Autumn 2015 Auction.

Pewter Leaf

This original tint pewter with leaf escutcheon is from the late 19th Century.

October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came - The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.

George Cooper, Poet

18th C. Reverse Painted Landscape

A tree features prominently in this handpainted miniature landscape, painted meticulously on the reverse side of the glass.  The technique gives extra depth to the rendering. This button is Lot 279 in our current Autumn 2015 auction.

Mistletoe Leaves

Here is the Viscum album, otherwise known as Mistletoe, native to Britain and Europe and with a unique and distinctive branching and leaf pattern. A quality late 19th or early 20th century button in silvered metal.

Tree With Steels

19th C. Brass with Steels. A back of a button can sometimes be just as interesting as the front. Evening is drawing nigh with this view, the tree in shadow. The way branches from this tree have been chopped off, is the tree doomed to follow?TreeSteelsR

Ginkgo Leaves

How many kinds of leaves can you find among your buttons?  Here is a stylized Ginkgo leaf design, center set with a steel. Known as a ‘living fossil’, the Ginkgo biloba is one of the world’s oldest living tree species. It is the only surviving member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 200 million years ago. The first record of Europeans encountering it is in 1690 in Japanese temple gardens, where the tree was seen by the German botanist Engelbert Kaempfer.  In 1754 it was cultivated in the nursery of James Gordon of London and in Kew Botanical Gardens in 1762.

 

 

Early Botanical Drawing

Oak Tree print from woodcut by Leonhart Fuchs, 1542, German physician and botanist.