"Buttons" 1991 EPSTEIN, Diana & SAFRO, Millicent

EPSTEIN, Diana & SAFRO, Millicent

[176] pp.

Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers


10 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Fine/ Fine

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On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, from a tranquil storefront in a trim brick house, it sold buttons of all sorts: humble, fancy, rare, custom, animal, mineral, vegetal, synthetic. Its founder, the late Diana Epstein, acquired a stockpile of buttons on a whim and, in collaboration with her partner and heir, Millicent Safro, nurtured her collection into an institution. On Saturday, August 31st, Safro’s staff opened the place to the public for the last time. By the most conservative estimate, she was the curator of a button motherlode numbering a billion and one.

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