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Auction 105, Lot 572

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1400 (circa)

Publication: Breviary


2.7 x 3.7 inches
6.9 x 9.4 cm
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A Breviary is liturgical book used for the celebration of the Divine Office. All members of monastic orders and the clergy are committed to the daily recitation prayers, devotions and reading contained in the breviary. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Breviary 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 in a laborious manner with handmade paints and gold leaf, and masterful binders to complete the process.

Superb small vellum leaf illuminated on both sides with finely historiated initials and marginal tendrils. The text is heavily rubricated in red.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $240

Closed on 12/3/2003