Auction 107, Lot 614

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1450 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
2.7 x 3.7 inches
6.9 x 9.4 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.

A very small leaf from a Book of Hours, written on vellum in Flanders or The Netherlands in the mid 15th century. The text is written in littera textualis, in dark brown ink, with some initials in red and blue, and a very nice initial in gold leaf and elaborate penwork extending into the margin. The text is from the Suffrages of many Saints.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/9/2004

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