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LOT 0321

Estimate
GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 930 - 1,170
USD ($) 980 - 1,230

Sold for (Inc. bp): £2,210

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MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS MANUSCRIPT PAGE ON VELLUM BY A FOLLOWER OF THE MASTER OF ADELAIDE OF SAVOY
FRANCE, CIRCA 1460 A.D.
12 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (762 grams, 32 x 26.5 cm).

A vellum leaf from a Book of Hours by a follower of the Master of Adélaïde of Savoy, comprising two scenes depicting the Massacre of the Innocents; above a three-quarter page miniature within two marble pillars and a crocketed Gothic canopy, with three soldiers in elaborate gold and silver armour, wielding swords as the mothers attempt to shield their children, all before enthroned Herod holding a sceptre, a member of his court dressed as a medieval ecclesiastic standing next to him; the lower quarter with two soldiers attacking two women and a baby before a grassy landscape; a three line white initial on dull-gold ground enclosing a swan, sixteen lines on verso and a tessellated border panel with flowers and fruit; mounted in a glazed frame.

PROVENANCE:
UK art market.
with Sotheby's, 3 December 2008, lot 12(b).
Private collection of the late David Miller, a prominent Hertfordshire collector and numismatist.

LITERATURE:
Cf. König, E., Französische Buchmalerei, 1982, fig. 22, for a similar miniature in the Hours of Adélaïde of Savoy at the Musée Condé, Chantilly, 76, fol. 68v; see Avril, F., Reynaud, N., Les Manuscrits à Peintures en France, 1993, pp.123-126, for the artist.

CONDITION