Illuminated leaf on vellum from a Book of Hours, of Dominican Use, with a stag hunt in its bas-de-page.[France (perhaps Tournai)



Single leaf, with single column of 16 lines in a squat and rounded early gothic hand, rubrics in red, small initials in liquid gold with contrasting penwork, two 2-line initials in beige with coloured foliage on burnished gold grounds, these extending into decorative coloured foliate borders on two sides with spiky edged gold grounds and bezants, these supporting four running hounds in the bas-de-page who chase a stag as he turns his head back to look at his pursuers, a chaffinch-like bird and a hare seated in the lower right corner, some small scuffs and spots, outer edges trimmed with significant losses only to lower border, 117 by 88 mm. (written space: 78 by 55 mm.)

The parent volume was commissioned for a wealthy Dominican preacher: a sister leaf has the rubric “Officium beate virginis maria secundum ordinem fratrum predicatorum”.

Stock Code: 226649

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