AN UNUSUALLY LARGE LEAF FROM A LATE 15TH-CENTURY FRENCH BOOK OF HOURS WITH A MINIATURE OF THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN WITH SUPERB COLOR AND IN PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION.
An unusually large (7.25 x 4.75 inches; 185 x 120 mm) leaf from a late 15th-century French Book of Hours with superb color and in particularly fine condition depicting the Coronation of the Virgin.
The recto features a miniature of a kneeling Mary, dressed in a blue robe with gold highlights, receiving the crown of heaven from an angel with blue wings. Before her is Christ in a light-colored gilt-decorated robe holding a cross and blessing Mary. The background features rich colors with gold highlights and the miniature itself is surrounded by a detailed foliate border over a base of gold with a winged butterfly-like creature on the right border.
The text at the base of the miniature begins with a large three-line illuminated “C” containing white flowers on a gold background introducing the text: “Converte nos deus salutaris noster. Et averte iram tuam a nobis.” [“Convert us, O God our Savior. And turn away Thy wrath from us.”] The text also features a one-line illuminated “E” as well as an illuminated end-spacer.
The verso contains 21 lines of text (the first four verses of Psalm 128) with two two-line illuminated initials, six one-line illuminated initials, and additional illuminated spacers with a wide floral border on the left.
Stylistically, the leaf appears to be from Rouen, France, c.1490.
Size: 7.25 x 4.75 inches / 185 x 120 mm. Miniature: 4.5 x 2.75 in / 117 x 70 mm.
Handsomely framed with a linen matte to an overall size of approx. 9x12 inches.
A MAGNIFICENT, UNUSUALLY LARGE LEAF IN FINE CONDITION WITH EXCEPTIONALLY VIVID COLORS.
Price: $7,500 .