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Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art. In the early days the book was a valuable gift. Such books were incredibly expensive, each edition was limited, the book cover was a real piece of jewelry art. They were mostly religious books, owned by noble and wealthy people. The book covers were made of leather, silk, wood, porcelain, decorated with silver, gold, enamel, precious stones – rubies, emeralds, sapphires. Each cover was different, unique, published only in several or even one copy. It made an indelible impression of wealth and greatness of the owner.

Altar Gospel

Altar Gospel. Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Altar Gospel and details. Handwritten on paper, gold cover, decorated with chasing, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin workshops. 1571.

Altar Gospel cover in gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

Altar Gospel cover in gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)

The book "On election to the throne ...". Cover and title page. Moscow Armory, 1672-1673

The book “On election to the throne …”. Cover and title page. Moscow Armory, 1672-1673

The book “On election to the throne …”. Cover and title page. Moscow Armory, 1672-1673. Masters Ivan Vereshchagin, Ivan Maximov “with friends”, Gregory Blagushin “and his comrades.” Paper (France, 17th c.), Silver, cloth, wood, painting, molding, stamping, engraving.

Gospel Cover with filigree apron (the contribution of Prince Repnin to the Holy Trinity Monastery in 1695). Apron - silver, filigree, enamel on filigree.

Gospel Cover with filigree apron (the contribution of Prince Repnin to the Holy Trinity Monastery in 1695). Apron – silver, filigree, enamel on filigree.

Cover "Christ Gospel." 1448. Silver, casting, stamping, engraving, filigree, niello, Russian woodcut, XVII-XVIII centuries.

Cover “Christ Gospel.” 1448. Silver, casting, stamping, engraving, filigree, niello, Russian woodcut, XVII-XVIII centuries.

fragment

fragment. Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Gospel Cover, Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Jewelled Arts of Ancient Rus

Gospel Cover, Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Jewelled Arts of Ancient Rus

Gospel Cover, Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Jewelled Arts of Ancient Rus

fragment – Gospel Cover, Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Jewelled Arts of Ancient Rus

Gospel Cover

Gospel Cover

Gospel Cover

Gospel Cover, detail

All books are handmade on an old printing press, illustrated by famous Russian and foreign artists. They are kept in museums and libraries in Russia, Germany, Britain and the United States.

The Lindau Gospel Book Cover

The Lindau Gospel Book Cover

The Lindau Gospel Book Cover

The Lindau Gospel Book Cover. The book was made in 750 – 800 AD near Salzburg. Book cover made in gold, silver, enamel, and decorated with jewels. image – cor104.blogspot.ru

The Lindau Gospel Book was made in 750 – 800 AD near Salzburg. Book cover made in gold, silver, enamel, and decorated with jewels.


Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

The State Hermitage Museum, an exhibition of “The Book as Art” in autumn of 2012


Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

The State Hermitage Museum, an exhibition of “The Book as Art” in autumn of 2012

The exhibition featured beautiful and rare book covers. The book design is inextricably linked with its content. Thus “The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish” by A.S. Pushkin bound in fish skin and Egyptian papyrus, the cover of the book “Hero of Our Time” by M. Lermontov recalls officer’s uniform, and the book of Konstantin Bagryanorosky “On Management of Empire” is decorated with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, enamel, silver and gold.

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art


Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

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