Pair of detachable buttons
- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Pair of Detachable Buttons, 1800s. Gold filigree; ¼ in. dia. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family, 1990.612A-B.
Filigree, or metal lace, as it was aptly called, is the technique of fashioning objects from thin metal wire. An ancient technique in both Europe and the Americas, it continued to be used throughout the Spanish colonial era. Prior to the 1800s, fancy buttons were usually not sewn onto clothing, but were fashioned like cuff links so they could be transferred from one garment to another.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017
- Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)