Late 18th Century Italian Silver Book Binding by Marc'antonio Belotto of Padua
Handmade Italian silver book binding, maker's mark MB with figure holding emblems between for Marc'antonio Belotto of Padua, 1776-1788. Both covers embossed with coats of arms in baroque cartouches under coronets on matted and trellis grounds, the hinges and clasp with corded borders. Maker’s mark stamped twice on both covers, and once on both clasps. The heraldic emblems are those of the Altaras (lion with sheaf of wheat) and Archivolti or Pincherele (spray of flowers) families.