Western & Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures Highlights

Western & Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures Highlights

Western & Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures Highlights

The recent sale included such jewels of the Western book world as an opulently illuminated prayer book made around 1490 for Isabella d’Este (1474-1539), the foremost female patron of the Italian Renaissance (lot 90: sold for £421,600); a thirteenth-century Bible from medieval Canterbury Cathedral, with 83 painted scenes set within its tiny decorated initial letters (lot 81: sold for £124,000), which is the very last recorded book from that crucial medieval library outside of institutional ownership; a copy of the principal account of the fantastic life of Alexander the Great, (showing above), made in northern Italy in the fourteenth century, and still in its contemporary binding (lot 80: sold for £37,200), and the only copy to come to the open market since 1914.

Inline Image - Lot 90, The Hours of Isabella d'Este, Use of Rome, in Latin 
[Italy, (Florence), c. 1490]
Est. £200,000-300,000, sold for £421,600 
Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 10th July
Lot 90, The Hours of Isabella d'Este, Use of Rome, in Latin [Italy, (Florence), c. 1490] Est. £200,000-300,000, sold for £421,600 Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 10th July

From the Islamic world and neighbouring cultures of the East, we offered a fine Persian Divan of Poetry in Arabic, on blue paper speckled with gold, from the second quarter of the 16th century (lot 119: sold for £16,120), two large panoramic views of Mecca, painted around 1840, showing above (lot 139: sold for £4,960), (showing above), as well as a tiny but precise Ganjifa playing card, (showing right), from early 19th-century Mughal India, depicting a mounted hunter (lot 149: sold for £124).

Inline Image - Lot 149, A lacquered Ganjifa playing card, illuminated painting on papier-mâché, card 
[Mughal India (probably Rajasthan) c. 1820 AD]
Sold for £124
Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 10th July
Lot 149, A lacquered Ganjifa playing card, illuminated painting on papier-mâché, card [Mughal India (probably Rajasthan) c. 1820 AD] Sold for £124 Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, 10th July
Jewellery, Silver, Watches, Pens and Luxury Accessories

Jewellery, Silver, Watches, Pens and Luxury Accessories

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