Auction 112, Lot 769

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1875 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

4.5 x 6.7 inches
11.4 x 17 cm

This interesting piece consists of a fabulous illuminated initial from a medieval antiphonal pasted onto a sheet of vellum parchment with Latin text and the date 1875 written below. The initial A (of the word Anno) is beautifully illuminated with burnished gold leaf. It is probably from a French manuscript, circa 1400. In the nineteenth century all things medieval became the rage and the art of illumination was taught to young gentlewomen. It was also a popular pastime to cut out initials from manuscripts no longer in use.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $350 - $400


Closed on 9/28/2005