Auction 135, Lot 752

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1475 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

3.8 x 5.2 inches
9.7 x 13.2 cm

A Breviary is liturgical book used for the celebration of the Divine Office. All members of monastic orders and the clergy are committed to the daily recitation prayers, devotions and reading contained in the breviary. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Breviary 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 in a laborious manner with handmade paints and gold leaf, and masterful binders to complete the process.

This fine vellum leaf is from an Italian breviary. It is written in black ink with red rubrics with large initials in red and blue.


Condition: A

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/16/2011