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Auction: Auction 02.06.1999
was auctioned on: 2 June 1999
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Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000
ca. US$12,767 - US$19,151
Price realised:  £21,850
ca. US$34,872
Lot number 41, Views: 71

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [northern France, c.1500] 176 x 116mm. 125 leaves: 1-2 6 3-9 8 10 6 11-15 8 16 9 17 2, COMPLETE, 21 lines written in littera gotica-antiqua in dark brown ink between 2 vertical and 22 horizontal lines ruled in dark pink, justification: 107 x 63mm, calendar in blue, red and brown ink, rubrics in blue, capitals washed with yellow, one-line initials in liquid gold on grounds of light red, dark red or blue, similar line-fillers including twigged branches in liquid gold, two- and three-line initials in white and mauve on liquid gold grounds infilled with sprigs of coloured flowers or fruit, 29 FULL BORDERS most consisting of sprays of flowers or fruit and blue-and-gold scrolling acanthus on grounds of liquid gold or natural vellum, some inhabited by birds and grotesques, others with particoloured divided or broadly scrolling grounds, 13 LARGE MINIATURES, 16 SMALL MINIATURES (slight abrasion or flaking to some miniatures, dampstain to the borders of the last 6 leaves). 18th-century French mottled calf, spine gilt, edges gilt (slight wear to extremities); cloth slipcase. CONTENT: Calendar ff.1-12v; Gospel sequences ff.13-17; Obsecro te in masculine form ff.17v-20; O intemerata in masculine form ff.20-21v; Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome ff.22-68v: matins ff.22-29, lauds ff.29v-37, prime ff.37v-40v, terce ff.41-43v, sext ff.44-46v, none ff.47-49v, vespers ff.50-54v, compline ff.55-68v; Hours of the Cross ff.69-71, f.71v blank; Hours of the Holy Spirit ff.72-74, f.74v blank; Penitential psalms and Litany ff.75-89v; Office of the Dead ff.90-120; Suffrages ff.120-125v (including the Holy Trinity and Saints Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, Sebastian, Nicholas, Anthony, Anne, Mary Magdalene, Catherine, and Barbara) ILLUMINATION: The illustration and decoration of this manuscript show the influence of the artist known as the Master of Petrarch's Triumphs. The composition of a number of the miniatures corresponds to works by the Master and his circle, and the scene which depicts Bathesheba standing nude, not in a fountain, but in a small pond set in a green lawn is especially close to Pierpont Morgan Library, M.618, attributed by John Plummer to the Master himself ( The Last Flowering , New York 1982, no. 117). The gigantic shepherd shown in the miniature for terce is, however, closely related to the one in M.338, by a follower of Jean Poyet ( The Last Flowering , no. 115). The subjects of the miniatures are: f.13 St John on Patmos f.14 St Matthew with an angel (small miniature) [prefacing the text of Luke] f.15 St Luke with an ox (small miniature) [prefacing the text of Matthew] f.16v St Mark with a lion (small miniature) f.17v The Virgin and Child in glory (small miniature) f.20 Piet (small miniature) f.22 Annunciation f.29v Visitation f.37v Nativity f.41 Annunciation to the Shepherds f.44 Adoration of the Magi f.47 Presentation in the Temple f.50 Flight into Egypt f.55 Coronation of the Virgin f.69 Crucifixion f.72 Pentecost f.75 Bathsheba bathing nude in a small pond, observed by David f.90 Job on the dungheap f.120 Trinity (small miniature) f.120v St Michael (small miniature) f.121 St John the Baptist (small miniature) f.121v St John the Evangelist (small miniature) f.122 St Sebastian (small miniature) f.122v St Nicholas (small miniature) f.123 St Anthony (small miniature) f.123v St Anne (small miniature) f.124 St Mary Magdalene (small miniature) f.124v St Catherine (small miniature) f.125 St Barbara (small miniature)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 02.06.1999
Date of the auction: 2 Jun 1999
Address: Christie's
London, King Street