#173 18th C. Beetle

Here is another beetle from a famous series of 18th C. buttons. One was featured in our Summer 2019 auction. This fierce beetle and the twig it walks upon are reverse-painted over a background of gessoed mica. The famous naturalist, Comte De Buffon was supposedly the painter of these buttons. Copper rim and loop shank and tinned sheet-iron back. Est. selling price is $600-1500.