Archive for March, 2016

A Night at the Theatre!

Interior of Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Circa 1808.

Theatre was the place to be in the 19th Century, and so many wonderful buttons were made with theatrical scenes, particularly from the operas produced during the late 1800s.

Esmeralda and Her Goat

A large and very scarce button in finely detailed silvered brass with the figures of dancing Esmeralda and her goat applied to a flat textured background. This button sold for $110 in our Autumn 2011 Armchair Auction.

La Esmeralda

La Esmeralda is a grand opera in four acts composed by Louise Bertin, with a libretto written by Victor Hugo, who had adapted it from his novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). The opera premiered at the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris on November 14, 1836.

Scene from Lohengrin

Lohengrin, a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850.

Lohengrin Black Glass Button

A large Div. I black glass pictorial showing the helmeted head of Lohengrin, from the opera of the same name. Fabulous border design with scrolls and a four legged creature.

Tit Willow 19th C. Picture Button

From the song in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Mikado:  On a tree by a river a little tom-tit, Sang “Willow, tit-willow, tit-willow.

Titania with Bottom

Miss Effie Shannon as Titania and Mr. James Lewis as Bottom in Augustin Daly’s 1888 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library Art.

Oberon and Titania

A 19th C. brass pictorial of Oberon anointing the sleeping Titania with the juice of a magic flower that will cause her, upon awakening, to fall in love with the actor Bottom, disguised (by Puck) in an ass’s head.

The Mikado

1919 D’Oyly Carte Opera Company publicity poster for The Mikado

Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora

The famous 19th C. actress Sarah Bernhardt in the title role in Victorien Sardou’s Theadora, 1884.

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