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A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE LEAVES, EUROPE, 13TH-16TH CENTURIES

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A collection of Medieval and Renaissance leaves, Europe, 13th-16th centuries
A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED LEAVES, 14 leaves from liturgical manuscripts on vellum and paper [Europe, 13th-16th centuries]

An eclectic teaching collection of leaves from Bibles, Books of Hours and choirbooks, including a leaf illuminated by the Masters of the Delft Half-Length Figures, and a cutting from the famous Burckhardt-Wildt album.

Comprising:
(1) NATIVITY, historiated initial on a leaf from a Book of Hours illuminated by the Masters of the Delft Half-Length Figures [Delft, c.1470]. 174 x 126mm. Penwork initials and blue-red ‘block’ borders in the Delft style, miniature by the Masters of the Delft Half-Length Figures, active from 1450-80 and so-called after the half-length figures that frequently appear in the middle of the outer border decoration, as in the present leaf. Both borders and miniatures are by the same artist responsible for the decoration of another Book of Hours in the Hague, KB, 135 E 22. The present leaf is from the same manuscript as 4 other leaves sold at Christie's, Script and Illumination, 24 November - 3 December 2015, lot 33. Mounted. (2) STS PAUL AND JAMES THE GREAT, two miniatures on either side of a leaf from a Book of Hours [Bourges, c.1500]. 117 x 114mm. Mounted. (3) DAVID IN PRAYER, miniature cut from a Book of Hours [France, c.1500]. 112 x 85mm. Provenance: Daniel Burckhardt-Wildt, his album f.10: his sale, Sotheby's, 25 April 1983, lot 193j. (4) A leaf from a French pocket Bible [Paris, 13th century]. 195 x 132mm, the text from Revelations 3- 5. Mounted. (5) VIRGIN WITH ANGEL IN PRAYER, miniature in a border on a leaf from a Book of Hours [France, 15th century]. 174 x 113mm, the text with the Obsecro te from a Book of Hours. Mounted. (6) A leaf from a Book of Hours, in Dutch, [northern Netherlands, 15th century]. 140 x 98mm, large penwork initial 'W'. Mounted. (7) A leaf from a Missal [Mexico?, 16th century] 586 x 373mm, two sided-border inhabited by a haloed monk, initials in red. Mounted. (8) Illuminated initial 'F' on a leaf from a Missal [France, Avignon?, 15th century]. 415 x 292mm. Reverse with 5 penwork initials in red and blue, rubrics in red. Mounted. (9) A leaf from a Missal [Italy, 15th century]. 550 x 389mm, contemporary foliation LVII, initials in red and blue. (10) MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS, full-page coloured woodcut from a Book of Hours printed on vellum, Heures a l'usage de Rome, Paris: Gilles Hardouyn, c.1510. 222 x 142mm, reverse with 30 lines of printed text within full metalcut borders, inhabited by putti and grotesques and with the martyrdom of St Sebastian. Mounted. (11) A leaf from an Antiphonal [Italy, 15th century]. 520 x 350mm. Text for the Feast of the Common of One Martyr. (12) Two leaves and a bifolium from a printed Missal [Italy?, late 16th century]. c.440 x 300mm.

Provenance: Alexander E. Vida, by descent.

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