Jeweled Book-Cover of Philip II, King of Spain

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Vienna, 19th century
Silver-gilt, gold enamel and open work, set with baroque pearls, emeralds, diamonds and rubies.
18 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches (464 x 337 mm)
AZ153
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"Treasure of Prague" [?]
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Baron Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris; Baron Maurice de Rothschild, Paris (before 1890); purchased through Jacques Seligmann by J. Pierpont Morgan on 8 November 1909.
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Once thought to be a sixteenth century work of the Imperial Hapsburg workshop, this bookcover is now believed a 19th century forgery.
In the center, supported by a crowned gold eagle, is a shield bearing the arms of Spain, from which is suspended a collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

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