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Leaf from a Breviary, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum
[northern Netherlands (perhaps Utrecht)
c. 1480]
€1.000 - €1.500

Single leaf, 214 x 140 mm, with double column of 29 lines of a late gothic bookhand, red rubrics, red and dark blue initials, one large initial in blue heightened with white penwork picking out acanthus leaves, the initial on grey metallic grounds heightened with liquid gold foliage, three-quarter border of coloured and dull-gold bars and foliage panels with flower-heads, fruit and birds on blank parchment flecked with dull-gold, small spots and stains, else good condition

The text here is for the Feast of All Saints. The border decoration has elements of the work of the Delft Master (cf. a Book of Hours made c. 1475: illustrated by J. Marrow, The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting, 1990, no. 91, and note the 'bunch of grape'-like seedpods), but in its use of bulbous flowers hanging from thin vines, and lines of white dots to heighten the curves of the foliage, it shares more with a Book of Hours produced by the Master of the London Jason in 1474 (Darmstadt, Hessische Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek, MS. 1002: ibid., no. 81)