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The Annunciation to the Virgin, in an initial on a leaf from a Gradual, manuscript on parchment [Southern Netherlands (perhaps Guelders), dated 1544]

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £
ca. 3.820 $ - 6.367 $
Zuschlagspreis:  n. a.
Los-Nr. 59, Aufrufe: 52

The Annunciation to the Virgin, in an initial on a leaf from a Gradual, manuscript on parchment [Southern Netherlands (perhaps Guelders), dated 1544] Single large leaf, with a large initial A (opening Ad te levavi animam …, the Introit for the First Sunday in Advent), in delicate gold edged acanthus leaves on a dark brown ground, set on pale fawn grounds with a thin white frame, enclosing a scene of the Virgin kneeling in prayer, one hand raised in surprise as the angel in golden robes arrives and the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a tiny white dove on sunbeams, full decorated border in Ghent-Bruges trompe doeil style with realistic flowers, a green seed pod, a pigeon, a butterfly, flies and snails laid down on yellow grounds, three coats-of-arms in the bas-de-page (those of the de Reautmont family: 4 crosses gules on argent; the arms of the Vauderic family of Guelders quartered with an unidentified set of arms with 3 spears argent on azure; and an unidentified set), simple red or blue initials, other initials in complex penwork with foliage and human faces picked out in their bodies, original folio number L at head of leaf, red rubrics, 11 lines of text with music on a 4-line black stave (rastrum: 13mm.), slight discolouration at edges from mounting, excellent condition, 425 by 304mm.; framed At the head of this leaf, above the initial, the scribe added the dating inscription, asking in Dutch for prayers for himself: finitus anno domini M vc xliiii Bidt voer de scriver. However, another leaf from the same manuscript has the date 1541 added to its margin in a sixteenth-century hand (see next lot). The manuscript may have taken three years to complete, or the other scribe may have been mistaken when reading another inscription in the parent volume. It was most probably commissioned by the person whose three noble family lines are depicted in the arms at the foot of the page (see above), for a favoured religious institution. The presence of a kneeling Cistercian monk in another leaf from the same parent manuscript (see next lot) indicates the Order of the recipient monastic house.

Informationen zur Auktion
Auktionshaus: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Titel: Western Manuscripts and Miniatures
Auktionsdatum: 02.07.2019
Adresse: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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