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Auction 108, Lot 652

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1250-70 (circa)



4.7 x 7 inches
11.9 x 17.8 cm
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Medieval manuscript leaf, on very thin vellum. Finely written in two columns of brown ink with initials in alternating blue and red. On verso is a large initial 'L' with blue penwork in the margin. Although the small size and relative simplicity of the motifs makes a strong attribution difficult, the decoration is in the Paris tradition, likely from the Johannes Grusch atelier. This workshop was active in Paris in the mid-thirteenth century and was named after the scribe who signed a Bible illuminated in this style in 1267. Its products included a large number of specifically Dominican texts, which suggests that it may have been one of the larger shops documented around the Dominican convent of St-Jacques in the university quarter of Paris.


Condition: A

Some soil in margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/29/2004