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    Indian Set of Six Enamelled Gold Buttons

    Jaipur, North India
    19th century

    diameter: 1.5cm, combined weight: 14g



    UK art market

    This set of six hemi-spherical or domed buttons is made of gold that has then been decorated with cream, red, blue and green enamel with pairs of birds surrounded by foliage and with a lower blue enamel border.

    The enamel work is typical of Jaipur enamelling of the late 19th century.

    The reverse of each has a small gold loop to allow the button to be sewn to a jacket.

    Possibly they were intended to have been attached to the front of a sherwani, a knee length coat commonly worn in India in the late 1800s. The sherwani was favoured by elite, educated Indian males.

    The buttons are housed in a blue velvet box which might be original.

    There are minor losses to the enamel as can be expected but essentially, each is in very fine condition.


    van Gelder, B., Traditional Indian Jewellery: The Golden Smile of India, ACC Art Books, 2018.

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