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Auction 118, Lot 918

"[Illuminated leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1250 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

3.6 x 5 inches
9.1 x 12.7 cm

The Psalter, or Book of Psalms, contained a calendar and other devotional texts used in the Christian liturgy and for private devotions. All one hundred and fifty Psalms were recited each week, the majority at Matins and Vespers. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Psalter 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.

Very early manuscript on vellum, written in Flanders in the 13th century. It is a leaf from a Psalter with text from Psalm 76. The text is written in black ink with initials in red, and the recto has a large capital illuminated with burnished gold, with no other types of divisions used at this period in time.


Condition: B

Some flaking of the blue ink of the larger initial.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/6/2007