Buttons, likely created between the 27th and 25th centuries BCE, are small disks that help secure clothing in place. Often overlooked, buttons have both functional and decorative purposes and can add to the value of the clothing item. Although mostly circular, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some buttons are made of precious metal and stones while others bear stamped designs or prints. In the upcoming Buttons of Distinction Auction, presented by Whitley’s Auctioneers, 475 button lots will be available. Featured among the listings is an 18th-century carved button from a French artisan. Its carved scene on top is enhanced by the contrasting background of red foil.
Rare finds such as an eight-sided button and a smuggler’s button are also available in the sale. The eight-sided copper button, overlaid with an engraved pearl, also belongs to the 18th century. The 17th-century smuggler’s button was designed to smuggle opium in a concealed compartment. Several available Arita buttons also stand out, as their porcelain heads represent immortal Japanese deities. Modern collectors can find buttons with plique-à-jour and gin-bari enamel, fabric buttons with decorative trimming, and even a button decorated with a realistic metal fly resting on a pearl. The auction house will present buttons from the 17th through the 20th centuries CE in this event. To view the complete catalog and place a bid, visit Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Asian Works of Art (33), Clothing, Costumes & Masks (33), Couture & Textiles (442), Men\'s Clothing & Accessories (442)
# of Lots:475
Interesting lots include:
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|A Fine And Very Rare 18th C. Dieppe Carved Button|| Estimate: |
|A Very Rare 8 Sided 18th Century Copper Button|| Estimate: |
|A Medium Colorful Gin Bari Enamel Button|| Estimate: |
|One Unusual Pearl Button With A Fly Insect|| Estimate: |
|A Boxed Set Of Arita Seven Immortal God Buttons|| Estimate: |