Book box, cuir-bouilli and cuir-ciselé technique.

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PML 127676
Lombardy, Italy, ca. 1465-1485.
1 box ; 17 x 24 cm

Black leather box with brown leather liner; traces of pull-up tape[s?] contained in the box; stitching holes on one side, and remains of hempen cord; one side deeply impressed and cut with an image of the Holy Trinity enthroned with a wreath hanging behind, the other side impressed and cut the the Holy Monogram "yhs" in a sunburst; the lid inscribed on sides "O MATER.DEI | MEMENTO.MEI" between horizontal lines of foliage, the top of the lid cut with large letters "IHS", the sides cut in two vertical panels of hatched lines.
HIGH RESERVE; for bindings study only.

Howell Wills (sale Sotheby's, 12 July 1894, lot 112); Yates Thompson; Dyson Perrins (sale Sotheby's, 29 Nov. 1960, lot 127); Otto Schäffer (sale Sotheby's NY, 8 Dec. 1994, lot 44).