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   IM-11930 - Book of Hours Leaf - Miniature of The Pentecost



An original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 16 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum. Rubrics in red. (175 x 128mm – 6 7/8 x 5’’)

One three-line illuminated initial in blue and white with a floral interior on a gold ground; one two-line illuminated initial, five one-line illuminated initials and three illuminated line extenders in burnished gold on red and blue ground.

Northern France (Normandy) c. 1490-1500.

An unusual jewel-filled border surrounds the miniature painting in red, green, blue and white on liquid gold ground. The surrounding border is a dense floral motif in red, green, blue and liquid gold.

Miniature painting of The Pentecost (recto): The Virgin Mary, wearing blue robes with gold stitching is seated, center, with a book open on her lap and her hands clasped in prayer. St. John the Evangelist wears white and gray robes; all apostles look upward at the Holy Spirit, in the form of a white dove with golden rays and descending red flames hovering above with the blue sky visible in the background. The foreground displays a tiled floor in green and gold. This leaf opens Hours of the Holy Spirit – Hour of Matins.

The three-line illuminated “D” begins: “Domine…” (Thou O Lord wilt open my lips. And my mouth shall declare thy praise…).

The two-line illuminated “N” begins the hymn: “Nobis…” (The grace of the Holy Spirit free unto us befall: Wherewith was overshadowed the maid of maidens all. When the angel Gabriel his salutation said, The Word itself flesh became and virgin fruitful made).

Inventory Number: IM-11930


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 1490-1500
Origin: France (Rouen)
Condition: An attractive miniature with nicely rendered faces and lavish use of gold. Small areas of flaking in the lighter pigments - overall very appealing.
Measurements: 178 x 125mm – 7 x 5’’
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Price: SOLD
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