Measurements: length – 23.2 cm, width – 16. 7 cm


Description: An exquisitely preserved leaf from a Psalter belonging to the reign of King Philip Augustus (late 12th – 13th cent.). It is executed in red and blue tempera, gold and liquid gold on vellum. It contains Psalm 81, which starts with an intricately illuminated initial “D” (Deus). It contains 21 lines of text in the finest angular Gothic script with pen work ornamentation highlighted with gold leaf. Red and blue ink along with gold leaf are also used as wonderful intricate line fillers. Although the original patron cannot be identified, the high quality and extensive use of gold leaf in this piece suggest that it likely belonged to a member of the court.


It was probably produced in Northeastern France, perhaps in the region around Noyons, Soissons and Lyon or at least strongly influenced by court productions of this area. IT was certainly influenced by manuscripts produced in Ile-de-France, especially those of the Abbey of St. Victor. Comparative material suggests the date from the last part of the reign of King Philip Augustus.


Period: 1179 – 1223 AD, Northeastern France.


Condition: Very fine.

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