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!
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Lot 104 in this current Winter Auction is this scarce and lovely basse-taille enamel with emaux peints cherub and rose garland in the heart-shaped gilt mount.
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.
Cupid lights the flame of Love on this 18th century grissaille painting over enamel, accented with glittering gold. This button is Lot 98 in our current Winter Auction.
Russian artists create many fine modern enamels. The silver mount of this lovely button features a silver filigree reverse.
Here is a Peacock’s Eye Button with a heart! This sweet NBS medium size button sold for $225 in Armchair’s Winter 2016 Auction.
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.