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Book cover

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    probably 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed and enamelled gold

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embossed and enamelled gold book cover, on the obverse; a panel representing the Creation of Eve, surrounded by figures, flowers, scrolls and other devices; on the reverse, the Fountain of Youth, Europe, probably 19th century.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)


probably 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embossed and enamelled gold


Height: 11 cm, Width: 8 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Object history note

Formerly attributed to Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) and said to have belonged to Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669), consort of Charles I.

Descriptive line

Gold embossed and enamelled gold book cover, depicting the Creation of Eve and Fountain of Youth, Europe, probably 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tait, Hugh. The girdle-prayerbook or 'tablet': an important class of Renaissance jewellery at the court of Henry VIII. Jewellery Studies. 1985, vol. 2, pp. 53-55.

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs); Flowers (plants); Fountains; Figures


Books; Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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