Saturday, August 9, 2008

Champleve Buttons


Here are a 'mother/daughter' pair of vintage champleve buttons. They are two of my favorites in my expanding vintage button collection! (For a close-up view just click on the photo).
I have used a few in pieces that have sold and am, for now, hanging on to these...
In French, champleve means 'raised plane'. This refers to the enameling technique in use for these buttons and other decorative objects. By hollowing out areas of metal, leaving a trough, vitreous enamel is added and then fired until it melts. After cooling, the object is highly polished. These buttons also have a faceted cut steels design which catch the light and give a lovely depth to their appearance. Although the larger button has some wear it does not, in my view, detract from it's beauty. The history, the wear they have earned in their useful life is to be embraced!

4 comments:

Sweet Repose said...

Oh my, what beautiful buttons. I have never heard of them, how fascinating. I popped over from Little Sparrow, love your Mother's paintings. You are very fortunate to have such personal paintings in your home.

I will be back.

sharon

Waterrose said...

What lovely buttons. I have a collection of black glass buttons that I can't part with...

TheresaJ said...

Beautiful buttons. Thanks for the button information. I have my grandmother's old button jar. She died in 1969, so the youngest buttons in the jar are from the 60's. My Mom gave it to me quite a few years back, many years after my grandmother had died. My Mom also has her own button jar. When I was a child, one of my favorite things was pouring them all out of their jars and sorting them. I recently used one on a little needle felted coin purse I made. Makes it so much more special.

greavesdesign said...

Hi Theresa, thanks for commenting... it's interesting how many people have the same joyful memory of sorting through button jars! It's very intriguing to me and adds to the emotional potency of these objects...