Auction 113, Lot 847

"[Antiphonal Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9 x 13.3 inches
22.9 x 33.8 cm

The origins of liturgical music traditionally date back to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), who was inspired by the Holy Dove to record the principles of 'Gregorian' chant. The Gradual contained the musical parts of the Missal and was sung from the steps (gradus) of the altar. The Antiphoner contained the musical sections of the Breviary. These terms have become interchangeable in modern times. Because of their size and complexity, these manuscripts were still being handmade in the traditional way for centuries after the introduction of printing. They were boldly hand-written and illuminated on large sheets of sturdy vellum so that the entire choir could read from one book.

Small vellum leaf from a Spanish liturgical book. Each side includes several lines of four-line music written in red, blue and black ink. Below, written in a later hand, is a Latin prayer.


Condition: B

Toned with some stains, more visible on verso.

Estimate: $130 - $170

Sold for: $120

Closed on 12/7/2005