(France: second half of 13th century). 90 x 65 mm. (3 1/2 x 2 1/2"). Single column, 12 lines in a pleasing gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, each leaf with variable numbers of line fillers composed of a small gold square with red or blue pigment on either side, and multiple one-line initials in gilt on blue or gold ground with white tracery, many leaves also with at least one two-line initial, and a few with multi-line initials, these also gilt on blue and pink ground with white tracery. Vellum a bit toned and soiled, gilt a little rubbed in places, occasional small stains or smudges and other isolated minor blemishes, but on the whole the leaves still very pretty, the paint quite bright, and the charm still there.
The present leaves probably come from a Psalter-Hours, a personal prayer book that eventually gave way to the Book of Hours, the manuscript companion that would become the vehicle of choice for personal devotions during the late Middle Ages. Although measuring only 90 mm. tall, these leaves contain a surprising amount of illumination. The decoration, as well as the inhabited initials seen on other leaves from this manuscript, bear a significant resemblance to Walters MS W. 40--described as a Book of Hours executed in the third quarter of the 13th century, or early 14th century, by the Bari Atelier. It seems impossible to say for certain that the Bari Atelier was responsible for our leaves as well, but the similarities do help to substantiate an approximate date and locale, and to provide an intriguing possibility for further research. (ST15198kA)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.001