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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    FLIGHT INTO EGYPT, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

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    FLIGHT INTO EGYPT, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
    [central France, 1440-50s]
    208 x 146mm. Large arch-topped miniature framed with pink and burnished gold, with text and three-line initial of blue with trefoil infill on burnished gold ground within accompanying three-quarter patterned bar-border, full-page border of scrolling blue and gold acanthus and naturalistic flowers on hairline tendrils with gold disk terminals, inhabited by a peasant upper right, and a bird in the lower margin, extending beyond the border frame. 15 lines, rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials of burnished gold, dark pink and blue with similar line-endings (very slight pigment loss, affecting Virgin's robe and bird).


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