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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 limited, the book cover was a real piece of jewelry art. They were mostly religious books, owned by noble and wealthy people. For the book covers used leather, silk, wood, porcelain, decorated with silver, gold, enamel, precious stones – rubies, emeralds and 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
Handwritten on paper, gold cover, decorated with chasing, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin workshops. 1571 Altar Gospel

Altar Gospel cover in gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)
Gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571 Altar Gospel. (fragment)
Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)
Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls (fragment)
Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops, 1571. (fragment)
1571 Altar Gospel, gold, decorated with engraving, enamel on filigree, niello, precious stones and pearls. Moscow Kremlin Workshops. (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. 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.
The contribution of Prince Repnin to the Holy Trinity Monastery in 169, 5Gospel Cover with filigree apron. 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.
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Precious book cover
Gospel Cover, Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Jewelled Arts of Ancient Rus
Boyar Fyodor Koshka. 1392. Gospel Cover. 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
Detail, Gospel Cover

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

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

The Lindau Gospel Book Cover
The Lindau Gospel Book Cover
The Lindau Gospel Book Cover
Made in 750 – 800 AD near Salzburg, the Lindau Gospel Book Cover. The book cover made in gold, silver, enamel, and decorated with jewels. image – cor104.blogspot.ru
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 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. And the cover of the book “Hero of Our Time” by M. Lermontov recalls officer’s uniform. The book of Konstantin Bagryanorosky “On Management of Empire” – decorated with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, enamel, silver and gold.

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art
Prayer. Master R.O.S.S.I.I. exclusive jewelry art. Contemporary art

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