The Apelles Collection - Carlos Alberto Cruz, Chile - England
They were made with the purpose of binding and protecting a book, in this case, the Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Restitutum, PII Pont. Max. Jessu Editum, et Clementis VIII. Primun, Nuc. Denuo Urbani Papae Octavi Autoritate Recognitum, published in Antwerp, in 1709, at Plantino´s print shop. It contains precious engraved prints, with which the front page as well as some of the inner pages are illustrated.
Evidently, this work is trying to imitate the artistic bindings made of fur, with golden wheels and irons, looking for different decorative effects, although now, the outcome certainly differs (except on the spine), because the ornamental subject is not the Renaissance´s, neither nor the so-called Spanish "popular style", but the usual baroque vocabulary of the Andes or highland region (altiplano), where the piece was undoubtedly carved.