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What is this?

Four buttons depicting a young woman catching a bird, from bird call to bird cage, all in carved ivory over a colored foil ground.

This is a button from France. It is dated ca. 1780 and we acquired it in 1959. Bequest of Julia Hutchins Wolcott.

Its medium is

ivory, metal foil, gilt metal, pewter

Its dimensions are

Diam.: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

This object was donated by Julia Hutchins Wolcott

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