4 June 2008
PENTECOST, full-page miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[Paris, c.1500-1510]152 x 105mm, the Virgin kneeling to the left, under a baldachin and before a prie-dieu, with the kneeling figure of St John the Evangelist to the right, and Peter and Apostles behind, most looking up at descending gold rays, the whole within a frame of liquid gold Renaissance architectural forms. On the reverse, 17 lines of text in French written in a gothic bookhand (a few tiny losses of pigment).
A finely-painted miniature, its palette of strong, bright colours enhanced by a lavish use of liquid gold and classicising Renaissance framing, typical of Parisian book production in the early 16th century. This full-page miniature is likely to have appeared on a verso, introducing the Hours of the Holy Spirit. The text on the recto, containing prayers surrounding the Passion and Ascension, is presuambly part of a prayer added subsequently on available blank leaves at the appropriate place within the manuscript.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Books and Manuscripts specialist Heather Pisani delves into intimate letters written by the sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, offered in New York on 14 June
An exceptional example of the most valuable illustrated book ever produced — and an icon of American art — will be offered on 14 June to benefit conservation causes
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
From the Côte d’Azur to the Cayman Islands, 5 exclusive residences looking on to wonderful waterscapes — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
As Christie’s offers 178 works from his personal collection, the illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offers us a glimpse of his creative process