Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF.
Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours
Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours
Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours

Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours

EXTRAORDINARY ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF FEATURING A MINIATURE OF THE ENTOMBMENT BY A FOLLOWER OF JEAN BOURDICHON AND JEAN POYER. C.1500.

A stunning leaf from a Book of Hours by an illuminator working in Tours, France, c.1500, in the style of master illuminators Jean Poyer (fl. 1483-1503) and Jean Bourdichon (c.1459-1521) of the celebrated “School of Tours”.

The Entombment, shown in a periscopic view, features figures rendered with a remarkable level of detail and superb artistic quality. The scene is shown at night, with a dark background providing a striking contrast highlighting the colorful fabrics and gold highlights of the subjects. The magnificent border features instruments of the Passion – cross, crown of thorns, dice, etc. – painted in gold on a rich burgundy background.

The text is that of the opening compline of the Long Hours of the Cross (Hours of the Passion). Introduced with a highly decorated “C”, it begins with “Converte nos deus salutaris noster…” on the recto, continuing with 21 lines of text on the verso.

Tours, France. 174 x 110mm. Housed in glass case and slipcase. In outstanding condition with only a small smudge to right side of recto border ands remnant of mount to verso margin.

A LEAF OF EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY, WITH COLORS REMARKABLY BRIGHT.

Price: $18,000 .

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