(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.
Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, EACH SIDE OF LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER, WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS OR COMPLEX KNOTWORK; WITH ONE SMALL MINIATURE (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) depicting St. Anne. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. A stain in about half the lower margin (not affecting decoration or text), light general soiling, rubrics faded and gold a little dulled in places, image of the young Mary a little rubbed in one place, but still a very attractive specimen with an especially touching miniature.
From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, this lovely leaf offers the opportunity to acquire a very nice miniature with considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. The image depicts St. Anne, venerated as the mother of the Virgin, shown here with daughter Mary at her side. This tender scene between mother and child is accentuated by the warm glow of the saint's beautiful gold robes. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website. (ST12668bA)