Illuminated miniature of the Last Judgement, on a full leaf on vellum from the Upholland Hours.N. France, (Amiens), c. 1430-
N. FRENCH ARTIST (1440.)
Arched miniature (95 x 57mm.) in which Christ is seated on a rainbow, draped in pink and green robes, and looks down at the Virgin and John the Baptist who pray for the salvation of man; at the top, two angels blow on long trumpets to awake the dead who emerge from their graves. The miniature surrounded by a full border of coloured intertwining branches terminating in acanthus, coloured flowers and gold leaves on hair-line stems.
Size of leaf: 170 x 118mm. Verso blank.
A fine illuminated miniature, with decoration characteristic of Amiens in the first half of the 15th century. Miniatures of the last judgment are not found in all Books of Hours since "the dread with which the late medieval mind anticipated death tolerated few images representing the possible turn of events that took place after burial" (Wieck, The Book of Hours in Medieval Art & Life, p. 129).
From an Book of Hours already missing a number of leaves, sold in Christie’s, 2 December 1987, lot 33, as the property of Upholland College, Wigan, and sold again in Sotheby’s, 5 December 1994, lot 94, and soon after dispersed; this leaf in Maggs cat.1283 (1999), no.7. It was part of a well defined group of Amiens manuscripts from the second quarter of the fifteenth century, closely centring on the Hours of Raoul d’Ailly (Sotheby’s, 11 July 1978, lot 48).
Exhibited in J.J.G. Alexander, Medieval and Renaissance Treasures in the North West, 1976, no.30, p.24, and briefly alluded to in Ker and Piper, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries IV, 1992, p.503
Minor stain affecting inner margin, otherwise very good condition.
Stock Code: 225282