This large 1 & 5/8" diameter engraved flat gold-plated brass button with sweat soldered brass figures of Incroyable and Merveilleuse (literally incredible or unbelievable young men and wonderful, marvelous young girls). They were described as "part of a rebellious youth movement that arose during the 1790s, during the French Revolution (1789–99)." The manufacture and quality of this button is exactly the same as the "Two Shepherdesses"--both are rare and would pair beautifully in a collection. The detail of the figures is sculptural and very fine, she with her fan and see-through muslin gown, he with his walking stick, bicorne hat, and revealing tights. Scandalous! Napoleon kicked this brief style to the curb.
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