n.p. n.p., n.d. Hardcover. Fine. Item #21776 .
A magnificent binding incorporating panels by Margarete Seeler. The eight cloisonné panels and the cloisonné figure of Christ were commissioned by Chauncey Stillman in 1960. In 1983, Mr. Stillman caused the nine panels to be incorporated into hand-wrought metal covers and affixed to the leather binding of this Evangelium.
The artist used copper panels with 18 carat gold for the nine enamels and all cloisonné wires. The metal support is fine pewter. Silver is used in the bezels of the semi-precious stones and in the three small panels which cover the silver nuts and bolts. The rear cross is outlined in seed pearls.
The text is an extract of the four Gospels from a nineteenth century printing of an Allioli Bible in German. Manuscript notes designate the days on which excerpts are to be read in the Liturgy.
A hand-calligraphed vellum page gives the history of the binding, and is signed by Chauncey Stillman, Margarete Seeler, and James Strait, the Abbot of Erlac Monastery, now extinct, for whom the binding was commissioned.
Wear to the text pages, but the binding is in fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell case.