Beautiful, richly colored illuminated 15th-century manuscript leaf containing the beginning of the popular prayer to Mary, "Obsecro te" ("I beseech you"). With miniature of Mary and the baby Jesus in the initial "O" and miniature of man at the bottom border.
The historiated "O" (32x37mm, 6 lines), featuring Mary and Jesus, is painted with a blue outline surrounded by reddish-pink with gold leaves. Mary and Jesus have fine gold lines in their hair.
The bottom figure (35x61mm), possibly the donor, has gold strands of hair and is placed before a stunning blue and green background. The text and images are handsomely framed on three sides by a brown border. The verso contains 17 lines of text.
Full leaf size: 110x155mm (approx. 4.25 x 6 in).
France: late 15th-century (c.1480). A few light spots, pieces of matting tape at top edge of verso (not near text); otherwise fine. An exquisite leaf with outstanding color.
The text of the leaf (in Latin) contains the entire first part of the "Obsecro te", beginning with:
Obsecro the, Domina Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, pietate plenissima, summi regis filia, Mater gloriosissima, Mater orphanorum, consolatio desolatorum… [I beseech thee, Lady Holy Mary, Mother of God, most full of piety, daughter of the Most High King, Mother most glorious, Mother of orphans, consolation of the desolate…]
"Ecce ancilla Domini. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum." ["Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done according to thy word."]
(Full text available upon request.).
Price: $3,700 .