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Button - Six buttons with pastoral scenes

Six buttons with pastoral scenes

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Dieppe (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 - ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory on red tinsel, mounted in glass and gilt metal

  • Museum number:

    860 to E-1870

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a collection of six carved ivory buttons made in France (Dieppe) in about 1780-1800. These buttons are carved with amorini and shepherdesses, with landscape accessories set against a red tinsel background.
The two leading cities for ivory carving were Paris and Dieppe. Luxury items, such as combs were often made in Paris, especially during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. During the seventeenth century Dieppe became increasingly significant for small-scale sculpture in ivory, perhaps because it was a port.

Physical description

Set of six carved ivory buttons each depicting an amorini or shepherdess in a landscape, on a red tinsel background on metal buttons with glass covers.

Place of Origin

Dieppe (made)


ca. 1780 - ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory on red tinsel, mounted in glass and gilt metal


Diameter: 3.6 cm

Object history note

Bought for £3 in 1870 (vendor unrecorded).

Descriptive line

Set of six buttons, carved ivory on tinsel with glass and metal mounts, depicting amorini and shepherdesses in landscapes, French (Dieppe), ca. 1780-1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1870, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 75
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 264, p. 274


Ivory; Glass; Gilt metal; Foil


Carving; Mounting

Subjects depicted

Doves; Shepherdess; Putti


Clothing; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Sculpture Collection

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