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Buttons [Paperback]

Jim Dine , Diana Epstein , Millicent Safro , John Parnell , Tom Wolfe
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Book Description

22 Oct 2001
"Buttons" presents more than 1000 examples of the art of button-making. Pictured here are the buttons from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries made from a variety of materials: glass, porcelain, pearl, gold, silver and brass. The book contains scholarly information on the history of button design and production, as well as a detailed caption for each button that describes it and gives its date, provenance and method of creation.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; New edition edition (22 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810990598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810990593
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 22.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,562,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Between the covers of this book are decorative works of art, once thought of as merely buttons." -Mario Buatta; "A dazzling cornucopia that charts the button's evolution - from bucolic 18th-century French enamels to racy American silk garter studs with Clara Bow faces - in an absorbing text by two women with a profound knowledge of their subject and a passion that corresponds." -Vanity Fair; "An enchanting book...nothing less than a gallery of paintings, sculptures, carvings and collages in miniature. Once you get a look at these gems, you'll view the not-so-humble closure with a new eye." -Glamour

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buttons 4 Oct 2009
Received this book today via a recommended seller "Ascoli Trading, listed as "good-used" condition. It, to me is in excellent condition just a bit dog-eared on back cover. Very good value for this expensive to buy new book. The book itself is wonderful and a great deal of information is given about one of my most favourite collectables,Buttons! As they state in the foreward, they are unique little works of art and full of history in an affordable item for most people. Over 170 pages, over 200 colour photos and lots of detailed information for the hobbiest, collector or student. This is a lovely book and well worth the price I paid. Put it on your Christmas list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present 27 Aug 2013
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I chose this book for a friend who has had a lifelong love of buttons. This year she turns 60 and the book seems to be a wonderful present for her to browse through and enjoy for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous!! 18 Jan 2008
By Red Azalea - Published on
This is one of those books that I return to again and again. Absolutely gorgeous photographs of buttons through time... you'll be amazed at the variety and beauty of these little works of art! Antique/vintage buttons are a far cry from the simple little things you see today... they were status symbols and more than just a way of fastening clothes. Everything from (real) jewel-encrusted buttons and miniature portraits to astounding mosaics and miltary buttons concealing compasses... with bakelite Art Deco pieces, porcelain from Japan and Goodyear rubber in between. Diana Epstein and Millicent Saffro are true connoseurs, and their love of buttons is evident in every page of this wonderful coffee table book. It's an absolute marvel... thoroughly recommended!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Buttons Book 18 Nov 2009
By Sam - Published on
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This book is like a trip to a miniature museum, with sculpture, paintings,collage, carving--only the art you're viewing is buttons! Fun button history and anecdotes. Gorgeous pictures. A wonderful reference for the serious button collector or art lover. The two authors of this book have traveled the world seeking out the beautiful and unusual in the button world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Collection but... 21 Oct 2013
By david bertaccini - Published on
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Beautiful pictures of a collection - not at all informative for prices / worth - just for looking at
someone Else's lovely collection and possible ages & materials, etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars buttons 31 May 2013
By M C Jones - Published on
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Lots of eye candy...but as a collector, these are buttons that even if i found them i'd never able to afforded them.

Fun to look at though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good button reference book 7 Dec 2012
By Erma Erikson - Published on
I like the closeup pictures of painted buttons and the history of buttons. The views of illustrations and tintype photos on buttons are worth the cost of the book.
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