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   IM-11928 - Book of Hours Leaf - Miniature of The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



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.(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, six one-line illuminated initials and five illuminated line extenders in burnished gold on red and blue ground.

Origin and Use: Paris, c. 1480.

Provenance: Ex William Foyle Collection, from a Book of Hours sold at Sotheby's July 2000 (folio 87)

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.

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (recto) depicts the Virgin Mary, wearing blue & violet robes, kneeling on a green floor with hands clasped; One angel with green wings hovers above her while placing a gold crown on her head; a second angel with red wings holds the Virgin Mary’s robes; a starry night sky is seen in the background above a dark brown wall. God the Father, enthroned, blesses the Virgin Mary with his right hand, while in his left he holds a gold cross-topped orb; red and gold baldachin above and behind him.

This leaf opens the Hours of the Virgin – Hour of Compline. The three-line illuminated “C” begins: “Converte…” (Convert us O God our Savior. And avert thine ire from us. Incline unto my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit.. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end, Amen).

The two-line illuminated “U” opens Psalm 12 (King James 13): “Usquequo…” (How long O Lord, wilt thou forget me…).

Inventory Number: IM-11928


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 1480
Origin: France (Normandy)
Condition: Excellent, as shown in photos.
Measurements: 175 x 128 mm – 6 7/8 x 5’’
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Price: SOLD
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