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Art Nouveau button set by Louis Rault. A silver button set comprised of six small buttons, approximately 1.5cm in diameter, four medium buttons, approximately 2.0cm in diameter and eight large buttons, approximately 2.5cm in diameter, each composed of a circular plaque with an ornately carved portrait of the goddess Athena featuring a dragon perching on the top of her helmet, a laurel wreath, a Medusa necklace and an owl, signed 'LR' for Louis Rault, the reverse with secure jump ring fittings. Marked silver, full English hallmarks for Sheffield, maker's mark 'J.D& S', English, circa 1901, accompanied by fitted case.
Louis Armand Rault (1847-1903) was a chaser, sculptor and medallist, he was described as "one of the most distinguished chasers of the period, and perhaps the greatest ever" by Henri Vever. His designs and artworks were commonly used in different Art Nouveau objects and can still be found in several museums, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and The British Museum.