300 Fabulous Button Lots, as always, in our Winter 2018 Seasonal Auction closing on February 10. Buttons, how do I love thee, let me count the ways!
Archive for January, 2018
Collector’s enjoy mounting similar type or themed buttons on cards (or trays), of which the standard is a 9″x12″ acid-free matte board used for competition. Cupid buttons are wonderfully numerous and varied, and a must-have tray for collectors!
A sweet heart shaped button of mid-Eastern origin with a hand painted enamel center featuring colorful birds in a black sgraffito border. The enamel is set in a silver rim and back with rope border.
A large and rare 18th century en grisaille watercolor on ivory depicts a maiden tending an altar where two hearts smolder. This button sold for $700 in Armchair’s Spring 2015 Auction.
Russian artists create many fine modern enamels. The silver mount of this lovely button features a silver filigree reverse.
This 19th Century brass button features a swan pair, the bird that chooses one mate for life. Note how their necks are just about to form the outline of a heart.
A fun Rebus button from the 19th century declares “my heart shall never part”. This small waistcoat button sold for $48 in Armchair’s Summer 2011 Auction.