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Auction: Western and Oriental Manuscripts
was auctioned on: 4 December 2007
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Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
ca. US$10,110 - US$14,154
Price realised:  £5,625
ca. US$11,373
Lot number 7, Views: 27

The Crucifixion miniature from a Book of Hours most probably by the Dunois Master, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum single leaf, 204mm. by 149mm., on recto: three-quarter page arch-topped miniature within a liquid gold frame, miniature: 105mm. by 64mm., above a 4-line historiated initial in blue with delicate white penwork, enclosing an angel holding a spear and liquid gold crown-of-thorns, with 4 lines of text in light brown ink in a late Gothic bookhand opening 'Domine labia mea aperies ...' (the opening of the Hours of the Cross for Matins; slightly smudged), all within a full decorated border of acanthus-leaf sprays in green, blue, red and brown terminating in flowers and gold bezants, enclosing two large roundels, approximately 49mm. in diameter, formed of intertwined bands of blue and light pink touched in liquid gold, and three small roundels, approximately 22-39mm. in diameter, and an ornamental bowl with flowers growing from it on a grassy hillock in the bas-de-page; on verso: two 2-line initials in blue or pink with white penwork and floral infill, all on liquid gold ground, four 1-line initials in liquid gold on coloured grounds with white penwork, line-fillers in same, one side with gold and blue border-frame from which grows a three-quarter decorated foliate border terminating in liquid gold ivy leaves and bezants, flowers and fruit, 16 lines of light brown ink, rubrics in red; some minor fading through exposure to light, and small dark stains to lower margins of leaf, paint flaking from Christ's face in main miniature and details of upper roundels, else in good condition, in gilded frame

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Western and Oriental Manuscripts
Date of the auction: 4 Dec 2007
Address: Sotheby's