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6-1/2″ High x 4-5/8″ Wide on Vellum
Sixteen lines of ruled text, written in LATIN with dark brown text and red ink lines on
animal vellum. Four beautiful four-line
illuminated initial on the front and five on the back, in burnished gold on red
and blue ground with delicate white tracery. Painted rectangular
vertical vignettes in the outer borders in brilliantly applied burnished gold-leaf
French tracery and floral motifs. Bar
border in pink and gold on each side of the page. Borders composed of blue and
orange acanthus, colored flowers, and gold leaves on hair-line stems.
This leaf was written and illuminated in France at a pivotal point in the
Hundred Year’s War – England defeated France decisively in Agincourt in 1415 and
took Paris in 1420. Not until Joan of Arc’s heroism (1428-29) could France
regain hope of restoring its capital. The book from which this came was likely
in daily use at that time.
Books of Hours are personal prayer books of a devout and status-conscious society and are not only works of art, but cultural documents of their time. They reveal a unique combination of sacred and secular imagery – made of the finest materials, by the best craftsmen, for a small audience that could both appreciate and afford them.
“This is an original leaf about 590 years old and totaly done by hand – not a
reproduction.It is in excellent condition as shown in the photos.” Photos begin with the front side of the leaf along with two details. The next is the reverse (verso) side of the leaf with one detail.
An illuminated manuscript is a book written and decorated by hand. Its name
is derived from the Latin manus meaning hand and scriptus
meaning writing. Manuscripts that were decorated with gold, silver or bright
paint are called illuminated, from the Latin illuminare meaning to
lighten or brighten up. Read more
settle for a print when you can catch many admirers with this museum quality
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as a gift? Start or add to your own gallery
of quality art. It’s an investment that
will appreciate over time. Own a piece of history!
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