Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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68

The Ascension of the Virgin, a finely painted miniature from a Book of Hours

Sold for £500

Est: £500–700

The Ascension of the Virgin, a finely painted miniature from a Book of Hours , illuminated manuscript on parchment [northern France (Paris or Rouen), c. 1520]

Single leaf, with the Virgin in white robes edged in gold, being borne up to heaven by five blue angels, as a host of followers bear witness to her empty sarcophagus, all in a mountainous and rocky landscape and before a delicately executed night scene of a rolling hilly landscape with medieval towns all picked out in shades of blue, with a banderole suspended in the lower part of the miniature with a 2-line initial in blue and white on gold grounds, and with 2 lines of text in a French humanist hand, the whole set within ornamental pillars and column heads, and a realistic frame-foot, slightly faded in places and with some small chips, trimmed at edges to remove much of blank border and mounted on modern blank parchment, the medieval leaf 150 by 90 mm.

Both the script and miniature here are appealing examples of the opulence of the Renaissance once it reached France in the opening decades of the sixteenth century, and was popularised there by the court of Fran├žois I (1494-1597).

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

Bloomsbury London
Bloomsbury House
24 Maddox Street
London
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