A rare enamel, gold and gem-set book, circa 1620-30.

Despite its date, the book, which is probably English, is traditionally called Queen Elizabeth’s Pocket Book.

Decorated with rosettes of white enamel centred by rubies and diamonds, the sides have stylised leaves around a hinged clasp, length 6.8cm, depth 1.4cm.

The 1690 Devonshire Schedule which recorded an immense bequest from the Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter lists:…”One Table Booke  Enamel’d sett with Diamonds and Rubies in Roses”.


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