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Auction 107, Lot 616

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1480 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 6 inches
10.7 x 15.2 cm
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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 fine vellum leaf from a French Book of Hours, written at the end of the Middle Ages, in Angers on the river Loire. This region was well known for the many workshops and masters, such as Jouvenel, Robinet Tesard and the Master of the Geneva Boccaccio. Both sides are decorated with initials and line fillers painted in red, blue and gold. This leaf is from the beginning of the book, the Hours of the Blessed Virgin, recited in commemoration and praise of the Virgin Mary.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $95

Closed on 6/9/2004