Measurements: 16 cm – length, 10.5 cm – width


Description: A beautifully illuminated leaf from a breviary of Cistercian use, carefully calligraphed and ornamented in France at the beginning of the 13th Century. The leaf is composed of two columns of 25 lines, ruled in dark ink. The text is a fine example of the popular Medieval and Renaissance gothic book-hand script, used extensively for French vernacular books, known as lettre bâtarde. The leaf is executed in red, white and blue tempera, gold and liquid gold on both sides. The recto features a finely illuminated initial, S, forming graceful scrolls twisting within its body, while the verso is further enriched by a fine red, blue and white decoration.


Period: France, Picardy perhaps Amiens, circa 13th century AD


Condition: Extremely fine.

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