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Auction 146, Lot 806

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1485 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 7.2 inches
13.5 x 18.3 cm
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Book of Hours were prayer books designed for the laity, but modeled on the Divine Office, a cycle of daily devotions, prayers and readings, performed by members of religious orders and the clergy. Its central text is the Hours of the Virgin. There are eight hours (times for prayer ): Matins, Lauds. Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Book of Hours 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.

Extremely high quality, thin vellum leaf from a French Book of Hours. The text is interspersed with decorative capitals and line fillers painted in red, blue, and white and highlighted with burnished gold. The recto has a lovely floral panel painted in red, blue, green and gold. The text originates from Psalm 95 ("For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods...").


Condition: A+

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/4/2013