Auction 104, Lot 671

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1450 (circa)

Publication: Book of Hours

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Size:
5.2 x 7.4 inches
13.2 x 18.8 cm

Book of Hours were prayer books designed for the laity, but modeled on the Divine Office, a cycle of daily devotions, prayers and readings, performed by members of religious orders and the clergy. Its central text is the Hours of the Virgin. There are eight hours (times for prayer ): Matins, Lauds. Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Book of Hours were written by hand on expensive parchment and beautifully illuminated with jewel-like pigments and gold leaf. These illuminated manuscripts combined the collaborative efforts of an array of highly skilled craftspeople; requiring the joint labors of the parchmenter, professional scribes to write the text in Gothic script, artists to illuminate the pages with decorations, and masterful binders to complete the process.

This vellum leaf is from a Book of Hours written in Normandy. It was once owned by Seigneur Richard du Mesnildot, Provost Royal of Coutances, in 1489. The leaf is illuminated on both sides with one large and six small initials in red, blue, white and gold leaf with five line fillers in the same colors. The text is from Psalm 64.

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Condition: B

Some spotting in margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/10/2003

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