Illuminated initials and borders on a leaf from a Bible, in Latin.[France (Paris?), 13th century (second half)]
WITH BIRDS, DOGS AND DRAGONS HIDING IN THE FOLIAGE
The prologue with a wide illuminated initial ‘I’(ungat) the full height of the leaf, inhabited by birds, dogs, and a dragon, amidst scrolling foliage. Proverbs with a similar initial with extensions into the upper and lower margins, chapter initials on the verso with penwork extending the full height of the leaf. Manuscript on vellum, single leaf, c.125x80mm, ruled in plummet, 2 columns of 45 lines (c.92x60mm) written below top line, the text comprising the standard prologue to Proverbs (Stegmuller no. 457) and Proverbs 1:1-3:5 (gutter edge ragged, the other edges cropped with loss of some decoration and part of the running title).
Although almost miniature in size, the detailed 13th-century illumination of the birds, dogs, and a dragon amidst the dense foliage of the border is intricately executed. The dimensions and number of lines here match those of a manuscript sold at Sotheby’s on 10 July 1967, lot 72, described as the former property of Cuthbert Adamson, and attributed to the ‘Johannes Grusch atelier’ by R. Branner, Manuscript Painting in Paris (1977), p.222 and fig.219 (though the accuracy of referring to an 'atelier' of Grusch is open to debate).
Stock Code: 232900