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LOT 0320

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GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 930 - 1,160
USD ($) 960 - 1,200

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,950

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MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS MANUSCRIPT PAGE ON VELLUM
ROUEN, CIRCA 1470 A.D.
12 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (848 grams, 31 x 24.8 cm).

A finely detailed vellum leaf from a Rouen Book of Hours, comprising a three-quarter page arch-topped miniature composed of a complex Gothic archway, enclosing the Annunciation scene with the Virgin kneeling before her prie-dieu in a richly decorated Gothic interior, gazing at an open book, the Angel before her holding a sceptre, the Holy Spirit in the form of a small white dove descending from the highest corner of the room where God appears; full tessellated border with acanthus leaves, foliage and fruit on dull-gold or white backgrounds, two hairy wild men to the field, one holding a sword and the other a mirror, one four-line white initial; verso with fifteen lines with four one-line initials on burnished gold grounds with line-fillers in same, and two two-line initials containing shoulder-length portraits of two men; mounted in a glazed framed with a glazed window to the reverse showing the verso.

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

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