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Bifolium with four historiated initials from a lavishly illuminated Bible, in Latin

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures
03.12.2020 - 07.12.2020
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Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 32

Bifolium with four historiated initials from a lavishly illuminated Bible, in Latin

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures
03.12.2020 - 07.12.2020
Schätzpreis
0 £
Zuschlagspreis:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Bifolium with four historiated initials from a lavishly illuminated Bible, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [northern France (Paris), c. 1210-20]Two conjoined leaves, with delicately painted historiated initials (opening 2-3 John, the Epistle of Jude and Revelation) of Biblical figures holding scrolls and a book, and an angel with a scroll above the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse (a reference to Jesus' instruction to John on Patmos that he describes in his vision in writing to the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea), three of these in pink or blue with white penwork set on burnished gold grounds with coloured frames heightened with dots, the largest with a pink-bodied dragon sitting atop the initial, his tail providing the gold and coloured extension into the border, that terminating in a spray of coloured acanthus leaves, the smaller two of these with similar border extensions, the last historiated initial with full-length figure of John standing in a burnished gold column between two drollery dragons, one further illuminated initial in blue enclosing mirrored sprays of acanthus leaf foliage, on tessellated red grounds with thin gold frame, alternate red and blue running titles and versal initials, red rubrics, double column of 56 lines, written below topline, slight staining at head with some cockling there, natural split to edge of one leaf (only affecting blank border), marginalia showing trimming at edges, small spots and stains, else outstanding condition, each leaf 254 by 170mm. (written space: 170 by 98mm.) From an outstanding Bible produced in the workshop of the Almagest Master (see R. Branner, Manuscript Painting in Paris during the Reign of Saint Louis, 1977, pp. 27-29; F. Avril, 'À quand remontent les premiers ateliers d'enlumineurs laïcs à Paris?', Les Dossiers de l'Archéologie 16, 1976, pp. 38-44 and R.H. Rouse and M.A. Rouse, Manuscripts and Their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, 2000, I, pp. 31-35). The main body of 181 leaves appeared in our rooms, 17 July 2014, lot 181, with individual leaves (including this bifolium) extracted soon after and appearing in Christie's, 1 December 2015 sale (these leaves as lot 2 there).

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 32
Auktion:
Datum:
03.12.2020 - 07.12.2020
Auktionshaus:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

Bifolium with four historiated initials from a lavishly illuminated Bible, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [northern France (Paris), c. 1210-20]Two conjoined leaves, with delicately painted historiated initials (opening 2-3 John, the Epistle of Jude and Revelation) of Biblical figures holding scrolls and a book, and an angel with a scroll above the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse (a reference to Jesus' instruction to John on Patmos that he describes in his vision in writing to the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea), three of these in pink or blue with white penwork set on burnished gold grounds with coloured frames heightened with dots, the largest with a pink-bodied dragon sitting atop the initial, his tail providing the gold and coloured extension into the border, that terminating in a spray of coloured acanthus leaves, the smaller two of these with similar border extensions, the last historiated initial with full-length figure of John standing in a burnished gold column between two drollery dragons, one further illuminated initial in blue enclosing mirrored sprays of acanthus leaf foliage, on tessellated red grounds with thin gold frame, alternate red and blue running titles and versal initials, red rubrics, double column of 56 lines, written below topline, slight staining at head with some cockling there, natural split to edge of one leaf (only affecting blank border), marginalia showing trimming at edges, small spots and stains, else outstanding condition, each leaf 254 by 170mm. (written space: 170 by 98mm.) From an outstanding Bible produced in the workshop of the Almagest Master (see R. Branner, Manuscript Painting in Paris during the Reign of Saint Louis, 1977, pp. 27-29; F. Avril, 'À quand remontent les premiers ateliers d'enlumineurs laïcs à Paris?', Les Dossiers de l'Archéologie 16, 1976, pp. 38-44 and R.H. Rouse and M.A. Rouse, Manuscripts and Their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, 2000, I, pp. 31-35). The main body of 181 leaves appeared in our rooms, 17 July 2014, lot 181, with individual leaves (including this bifolium) extracted soon after and appearing in Christie's, 1 December 2015 sale (these leaves as lot 2 there).

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 32
Auktion:
Datum:
03.12.2020 - 07.12.2020
Auktionshaus:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
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