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Buttons: C.3A-E-2018

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Designer: Rie, Lucie (Probably)
Factory: Bimini (Probably)
Factory: Orphid (Probably)
Maker: Lampl, Fritz (Probably)




Moulded green glass decorated with gilt-metal lustre, on brass mount.

Five relief moulded green glass buttons. Each with raised rim surrounding two large cabochon shapes and two much smaller cabochon shapes to top and bottom between the larger ones. The inner ground and back are coated with gilt-metal lustre . A brass circle with button loop is fixed to the back. The buttons are tied together with a brown cord.


History note: Inherited by the donor from his father, John Simon

Legal notes

Given by Jacob Simon, London, 2018

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-01-29) by Simon, Jacob


Mid 20th century
Circa 1940 CE - Circa 1945 CE


Lucie Rie DBE (1902-1995) was one of Britain’s most prominent modernist potters. She studied and practiced ceramics in Vienna before fleeing to London in 1938. During the war years she designed glass buttons like these for Fritz Lampl, another Viennese émigré who had re-established his firm Bimini (later known as Orplid) in London. In 1945 she developed her own business making ceramic press-moulded buttons, buckles and tableware at Albion Mews, near Hyde Park. After the war, Rie became known for her elegant stoneware and porcelain vessel forms with gentle ribbed patterns and textured surfaces and taught at Camberwell and the Royal College of Art, whilst continuing to make buttons for couture designers. Her studio has been reconstructed at the V & A Museum.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( gilt-metal)
Mount composed of brass (alloy)

Materials used in production

green Glass

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Moulded glass, lustred and mounted on brass.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Attached to cord
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label handwritten in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3A-E-2018
Primary reference Number: 223091
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 27 February 2018 Updated: Tuesday 2 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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