Leaf from a Book of Hours (Use of Rome). Paris,
FRENCH SCRIBE (c.1420)
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'OF PRINCELY QUALITY'
Single leaf (211 x 156mm). Illuminated manuscript on parchment. Single column of text of 18 lines in gothic liturgical hand, ruled in red ink, capitals touched in yellow, red rubrics, one- to 3-line initials in blue or pink enclosing coloured baubles or foliage on gold grounds, line-fillers in same, full illuminated border of gold woody stems branching into rinceaux foliage terminating in coloured flowerheads and gold leaves, inked foliation '20' at head.
A bright and very well preserved leaf from a Book of Hours, with the rich border decorated with brilliant gold foliage and colourful flowers. The incomplete parent manuscript - including this leaf - was sold at Sotheby's in 1995, lot 43 and was described as 'a first-class Parisian Book of Hours of princely quality, both in its script and in its border decoration'. The text comprises the Hours of the Virgin (Use of Rome), with this leaf the prayers for Compline, the last Office of the day, ending with the Salve Regina on the verso.
Provenance: 1. Incomplete parent manuscript - including this leaf - with later insertions and additions of miniatures sold at Sotheby's Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, 5 December 1995, lot 43 (this leaf pictured in catalogue); 'ex dono parentum fratris Ludovici Cordier 1690' inscribed on first (inserted) leaf of parent manuscript. 2. From the collection of Roger Martin (1939-2020).
Stock Code: 243929