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Auction 100, Lot 522

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1490 (circa)



5 x 6.9 inches
12.7 x 17.5 cm
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A wonderful manuscript on vellum from a Breviary, made for a Prince of the Church. Written in a Gothic bookhand, with illuminated initials of liquid gold against grounds of red and blue with gold decorations. One historiated initial, eight-lines high, in the form of a harp and depicting an angel playing the lute. Splendid borders painted on a pink ground with acanthus leaves, flowers, a bird and a dragon. This leaf is from a Breviary that was the property of Bertrand de Chalencon, Bishop of Rodez, Tours, circa 1490.


Condition: B

Small hole affecting part of one word (recto: 10th line from top, at right).

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/12/2002