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Auction archive: Lot number 52

Carta Executoria de Hidalguía of Pedro Guillem de las Casas in the city of Jaén, in Spanish, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Spain (Granada), dated 1590]

Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,564 - US$3,846
Price realised:
£1,700
ca. US$2,179
Auction archive: Lot number 52

Carta Executoria de Hidalguía of Pedro Guillem de las Casas in the city of Jaén, in Spanish, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Spain (Granada), dated 1590]

Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,564 - US$3,846
Price realised:
£1,700
ca. US$2,179
Beschreibung:

Carta Executoria de Hidalguía of Pedro Guillem de las Casas in the city of Jaén, in Spanish, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Spain (Granada), dated 1590] 52 leaves, complete, wanting a single leaf at front (perhaps with coat-of-arms), else textually complete, single column ruled in blue for 35 lines in a rounded Spanish calligraphic hand, initials in ornamental penstrokes, some opening words of sections in decorative split penstrokes, decorated with dots, circles and penwork acanthus leaves, large illuminated initials in gold acanthus on blue or burgundy grounds heightened with white penwork (that on frontispiece with bearded human face in the initial), seven rectangular miniatures in brilliant colours heightened with liquid gold, incorporating small illuminated initials within their bodies, each approximately 70 by 55mm.: (i) John the Baptist, seated holding a book and pointing at a lamb; (ii) St. James, holding a staff and a book; (iii) St. Bartholomew, holding a knife and a book; (iv) John the Baptist holding a chalice; (v) St. Francis in monastic robes receiving his stigmata; (vi) Justice as a women with a sword and scales; (vii) Christ, a notably realistic portrait with him blessing as he holds an orb; (viii) the Holy Spirit as a dove appearing in a mandorla; (ix) portrait of King Philip II of Spain enthroned and holding sceptre and orb; single paper leaf torn from another book and loosely inserted here with nineteenth-century miniature of Christ carrying the Cross within an architectural portico between two saints and above sinners in torment in hell, some damage to first miniature in main volume, some slight flaking to ink in places, two miniatures once cut out across leaf with corresponding section of column of text (and then later reinserted with cuttings from a legal document), two leaves reinforced at gutter with linen tape, else good and crisp condition, 310 by 215mm.; contemporary red velvet over pasteboards, worn at edges with two holes in velvet on back board as well as stitching thongs exposed at spine, stubs from four ties on front board, seal tags but no seal Provenance: In English speaking trade in nineteenth century: sale ticket with this as no. 493 pasted to front pastedown, other dealer marks in pencil in same place. Text: This document, issued by Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal, also of Naples and Sicily, lord of the Netherlands and titular king of England and Ireland during his marriage to Mary I (1554-1558), formally grants the rank of hidalgo or gentleman as well as a coat-of-arms to Pedro Guillem de las Casa. It includes a series of crisp and beautifully executed miniatures, including one of Philip himself, painted during the lifetime of the monarch, in his thirty-third year, prominently showing his Hapsburg chin.

Auction archive: Lot number 52
Auction:
Datum:
4 Dec 2018
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

Carta Executoria de Hidalguía of Pedro Guillem de las Casas in the city of Jaén, in Spanish, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Spain (Granada), dated 1590] 52 leaves, complete, wanting a single leaf at front (perhaps with coat-of-arms), else textually complete, single column ruled in blue for 35 lines in a rounded Spanish calligraphic hand, initials in ornamental penstrokes, some opening words of sections in decorative split penstrokes, decorated with dots, circles and penwork acanthus leaves, large illuminated initials in gold acanthus on blue or burgundy grounds heightened with white penwork (that on frontispiece with bearded human face in the initial), seven rectangular miniatures in brilliant colours heightened with liquid gold, incorporating small illuminated initials within their bodies, each approximately 70 by 55mm.: (i) John the Baptist, seated holding a book and pointing at a lamb; (ii) St. James, holding a staff and a book; (iii) St. Bartholomew, holding a knife and a book; (iv) John the Baptist holding a chalice; (v) St. Francis in monastic robes receiving his stigmata; (vi) Justice as a women with a sword and scales; (vii) Christ, a notably realistic portrait with him blessing as he holds an orb; (viii) the Holy Spirit as a dove appearing in a mandorla; (ix) portrait of King Philip II of Spain enthroned and holding sceptre and orb; single paper leaf torn from another book and loosely inserted here with nineteenth-century miniature of Christ carrying the Cross within an architectural portico between two saints and above sinners in torment in hell, some damage to first miniature in main volume, some slight flaking to ink in places, two miniatures once cut out across leaf with corresponding section of column of text (and then later reinserted with cuttings from a legal document), two leaves reinforced at gutter with linen tape, else good and crisp condition, 310 by 215mm.; contemporary red velvet over pasteboards, worn at edges with two holes in velvet on back board as well as stitching thongs exposed at spine, stubs from four ties on front board, seal tags but no seal Provenance: In English speaking trade in nineteenth century: sale ticket with this as no. 493 pasted to front pastedown, other dealer marks in pencil in same place. Text: This document, issued by Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal, also of Naples and Sicily, lord of the Netherlands and titular king of England and Ireland during his marriage to Mary I (1554-1558), formally grants the rank of hidalgo or gentleman as well as a coat-of-arms to Pedro Guillem de las Casa. It includes a series of crisp and beautifully executed miniatures, including one of Philip himself, painted during the lifetime of the monarch, in his thirty-third year, prominently showing his Hapsburg chin.

Auction archive: Lot number 52
Auction:
Datum:
4 Dec 2018
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
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