(Northeastern France, probably Arras, late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a pleasing bâtarde hand.
Some leaves attractively matted. Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, EACH SIDE OF EACH LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER, USUALLY WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS AND FRUITS, sometimes with intricate strapwork designs in colors; EACH LEAF WITH ONE OR TWO SMALL MINIATURES (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) DEPICTING THE VIRGIN MARY, CHRIST, OR A SAINT, the saints shown with their attributes. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Occasional stains or soiling, otherwise excellent specimens, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins, winning decoration, and shining gold.
In addition to such commonly seen miniatures as Saint Margaret or Saint John the Baptist, there are also a few depictions of saints particularly venerated in France--Saint Roch, Saint Vedast, Saint Martin, and several more. These leaves are charming more than they are exquisite, but they are not crude, and they offer the opportunity to acquire a miniature (or two) on a leaf with considerable gold for very little money. (ST12668b)
750-$4,000, depending on decoration and condition
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