"The most beautiful monuments of France are painted on buttons, and especially the most beautiful ones of Paris.
"We have seen them, made by a young artist of much taste. All the most beautiful pieces of Parisian architecture, like the Louvre, the Saint-Denis gate, the Corn Exchange,* the School of Surgery, etc. etc. are represented on them with all possible perfection. He has been working for a year and has made a very great quantity of them ...
"The buttons have only been for sale since his Majesty had the goodness to acquire a garniture des mains of them from the creator himself."
Le Magasin des Modes, 20 April 1788
* a large market; a long blog post on the subject here