(France (probably Besançon): 3rd quarter of 15th century). 239 x 165 mm. (9 3/8 x 6 1/2"). Single column, 15 lines in an elegant gothic book hand.
Rubrics in dark pink, line enders in pink and blue with white tracery and gold bezant, several one-line initials and one two-line initial in burnished gold on dark pink and blue ground with white tracery, each side with a panel border composed of hairline vines with gold ivy and bezants, gold and blue acanthus, and a few colorful flowers, and EACH FEATURING THE TORSO OF A MAN EMERGING FROM A FLOWER. A few faint marginal stains, but IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION.
In addition to the acanthus and floral decoration often found in the borders of Books of Hours, this leaf features a duo of delightful inhabitants in the form of laymen emerging from cup-like flowers. Each figure is individualized, with the gentleman on the recto in a light brown tunic and dark hair, his hands folded in front of him; on the verso is a blond gentleman in a teal tunic, with bushy eyebrows, arms akimbo, and a stern look on his face. This kind of detailed work, together with luxurious touches such as the many gilt initials, several dozen gilt bezants and ivy leaves in each panel border, and the unusually wide margins, point to this manuscript having been a costly production. For additional leaves from this same manuscript at different price points, please check our website. (ST17060S)
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