This is a specialized button post–featuring the buttons
made by the House of Ardor–La Maison Ardor. If you
like cute little bunnies, there’s also something in this post
for you! Announcement/Correction to this site. A reader has
educated me about some of these buttons. They don’t !! say
Ardor of Paris—-they are by Arcor of Paris!! She is right!!
Who would have thought? Thank you very much—- I let
myself assume the back said “ardor” when I now see it says
“arcor”. Kind of sneaky I think . . .
Loic Allio, in his book Boutons, on page 114, begins an eight page
spread about the house d’Ardor. If I’m translating the French
correctly, part of the text says that the firm was founded by
Victor Greidenberg and René Lemarchand. It had started out
in decorative arts including jewelry and in the beginning featured
fantastic buttons of leather. Buttons were produced in the 20s and 30s.
In 1939 Greidenberg left Paris for the United States and never
returned, but production continued. Some buttons that were created
were used in Schiaparelli fashions.
I have seven buttons attributed to the Ardor of Paris line. Most
have backmarks. Others were identified by reputable dealers from
whom I bought them. One, a black swirl-layered one is pictured in
the Loic Allio book on page 121.
Here are my buttons and each is followed by the BACK of the button.
I’m always curious about the back of the button, aren’t you? By the way
–do you know the website “buttoncountry”? It is wonderful! Because
you select a button to look at, then hover over it, and voila! it turns to
the back! Love it!
I have two large metal buttons that are the same design–set with
different stones, and in different sizes: (click to enlarge photos if you like)
Next button is unmarked. It is a green casein button with small
gold-colored metal inserts. It is 1 1/8″ long.
And if you look carefully at the shank, you’ll see little “legs” that
Ardor always used when attaching the shank . . .(so I’m told)
This next one is the one in the Loic Allio book. It is layers of
thin celluoid with metal embellishments along the curved edges:
This next is not my finest specimen! Kind of a blurry profile of a
man’s head. You thought it was my camera shot, but–no, it
really looks blurry like this! About the size of a dime, it is plastic
covered with a silver colored paint . . .as of this writing, there
are some of these same buttons offered on etsy.com.
I love this little cutey of the Eiffel Tower–metal, about the size
of a dime:
Final feature is a classy striped “moonglow type” button, rim and back
are of silver colored plastic. It’s large, about 1 1/8″ in diameter.
Here’s the whole family.
That’s about all I know about Ardor of Paris buttons. I kind of wish they
were marked Ardor de Paris—more French sounding. And you probably
know OTHER things about the line. If so, please write and tell us!
Well!! It seems I have quite a collection of Arcor of Paris buttons.
Thanks again for the correction comment. We learn together.
Thanks for sticking with this long post. Did you like the bunnies?