c1450 Illuminated Manuscript Vellum Bifolium Leaves from a Book of Hours
Two fine original 15th-century illuminated manuscript bifolium leaves on vellum, most likely produced in a French scriptorium around 1450.
All text is in Latin gothic script, written in brown ink with gold heightened decorative initials. An excellent example of champie initials, with simple letter shapes in burnished gold with a red or blue infill on a ground of blue or red, each ground enlivened with highlighting in delicately traced white lines.
Everything has been done by hand--from the making of vellum out of animal skin, to the scribe inking the text and the illuminator embellishing with color & decorative touches.
Condition: As shown, on vellum in good condition with minor evidence of storing and a few age marks to outer margins. The lettering has faded in some areas and the vellum has been pierced in some spots over the lettering, leaving tiny letter-shaped apertures. Small black ink stain to verso of first leaf. 17.5 x 13 cm.
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