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You look good for being 800 years old …

November 15, 2011

UPDATED

Estimate: €180,000 – €250,000 ($247,461 – $343,696) — sale price including buyer’s premium €517,000 ($703,793).

This 800 year old gem is a marvel of decorative detail … take a look at the winged griffins flanking the base of the ovoid mandorla, the incising on the fabric of the three central figures, the curlicued foliate border and the exacting enamel work … this is a book cover! It measures 12.5 x 7.5 inches and is one of the top lots from a small, but exceptional collection being sold by Christie’s in Paris tomorrow.

A RECTANGULAR GILT-COPPER AND POLYCHROME CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL BOOK COVER, LIMOGES, CIRCA 1190-1200, Estimate: €180,000 – €250,000 ($247,461 – $343,696)
Detail.
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