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Medieval Manuscript Leaf, Missal, Vellum, N.e. France, C.1475-1500. For Sale
This leaf is from a Missal
that was produced in North East France c.1475-1500.
The maximum size of the
leaf is 274mm x 199mm (10 8/10ins. x 7
The text is parts of the
Masses for the fourth and fifth Feria Days during the period after Pentecost.
There are 29 lines in two
columns in a fine, large, gothic script in brown, rubrics in bright red and
are eight two-line initials in blue and/or terracotta and liquid gold two of
which have flowers in the centre.
Also, on each side, in the central gutter, a long branch the full
height of the text, on the recto in liquid gold outlined in red and on
the verso in blue outlined in black.
At the outside edges of both the recto and the verso are the
remnants of what must have been panel borders the full height of the text.
The leaf is ruled in pink
and there are heading in red, including, on the recto the word “folio” and part
of a number “C?X”.
style of decoration would certainly indicate an origin in North East France
towards the end of the fifteenth century.
It is possible that the Missal was made to be used in England This is because the text is certainly not
for the standard Use of Rome and those parts of the text that have been found
on the Internet have been in very early Missals of York or Canterbury.
Please be aware of the
condition of this item. What you can
see in the pictures is exactly what the winning buyer will receive. It
would seem that the leaf must have been used in some way after it was removed
from its book. All four margins seem
to have been reduced in size, including the removal of full-length panel
borders. Half of each side is dirty
and there is a loss of paint to two of the initials and both branches in the
However, whilst there are
some problems with the condition of this leaf, there is no doubt that the
Missal from which it came must have been a very expensive production. To find this high level of decoration on a
Missal leaf with such run of the mill text would indicate that probably every
leaf of the book would have been similarly decorated. This would be quite unusual.
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Medieval Manuscript Leaf, Missal, Vellum, N.e. France, C.1475-1500.: $104