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Auction 95, Lot 386

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscript

Period: 1450 (circa)

Publication: Book of Hours


4 x 5.8 inches
10.2 x 14.7 cm
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A rare and unusual vellum leaf from the Calendar in a Book of Hours. Text in brown, blue, red and gold leaf. The recto includes a beautifully painted floral panel including a drollery composed of a strange looking dog sporting a hat. The text incorporates the calendar for October and begins with an elaborate foliate initial with the letters KL for 'kalender'. Every Book of Hours started with a calendar to indicate which saints were to be invoked on a certain day. Saint Denis, who was killed in Paris and after whom Montmartre was named, is included indicating the leaf probably originated in a Paris scriptorium


Condition: A

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/13/2001