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$325 - $450 (depending on decoration)
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PJP Catalog: 65.090

(Paris, ca. 1440). 121 x 89 mm (4 3/4 x 3 1/2"). Single column, 15 lines of text in an especially fine gothic book hand.

Rubrics in red, all leaves with multiple one-line initials as well as at least one line filler, all in blue, maroon, and burnished gold, many leaves with one or more two-line initials in the same colors and gold but also enclosing charming flowers on scrolling stems, a number of these two-line initials with marginal extension in the form of gilt ivy leaves on sinuous stems, and EACH LEAF WITH A FINE SWIRLING QUARTER PANEL BORDER ON EACH SIDE featuring flowers, leaves, strawberries, and many burnished gold ivy leaves on hairline stems. IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION, with the paint and gold bright, fresh, and entirely intact.

These are lovely little leaves from a large fragment of a Book of Hours that obviously was produced by skilled craftsmen in a Parisian studio around the middle of the 15th century for a client of considerable means. This group represents the most attractive combination of decoration, condition, and value in illuminated leaves that we have had in stock for quite a long time.