9 December 2020
Perrin Rémiet (fl.1386-1428)
Clovis kills all the males who are taller than his sword, Paris, c.1400-1410
CLOVIS KILLS ALL THE MALES WHO ARE TALLER THAN HIS SWORD, miniature cut from a Grandes chroniques de France, manuscript on vellum illuminated by Perrin Rémiet [Paris, c.1400-1410].
Miniature: 70 x 90mm on a cutting: 116 x 118 mm, depicting Clovis striking the head from a knight, the miniature above a four-line illuminated initial with extended border flourishing, 7 lines of text in a single column, 19 lines on verso (small losses to the gold and pigment). Mounted. Provenance: Christie’s, 27 June 1979, lot 148 (part; along with lots 18, 19 and 22).
The rubric describes ‘Co[m]ment Clovis occist tous les mascles qui estoient plus lon[g]s q[ue] son espee’ [How Clovis killed all the males who were longer than his sword]; in fact, the miniature has apparently been chosen to illustrate Chlothar II battling the Lombards in 613.
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