London, South Kensington
15 November 2013
THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS, two miniatures on leaves from a Book of Hours, use of Sarum, with fourteen other leaves, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, [Bruges, c.1470s]. 188 x 127mm. Two full-page miniatures, depicting the Annunciation and the Annunciation to the Shepherds, framed by bars of liquid gold surrounded by full-page floral and foliate borders, [With]: fourteen other leaves, one bifolium, from the same Book of Hours, 19 lines of text written in a regular gothic bookhand in dark brown ink, rubrics in red, two-line initials in gold with alternating red or blue grounds and infilling, including two leaves with FOUR SMALL MINIATURESOF SAINTS FROM THE SUFFRAGES, and FOUR WITH LARGE ILLUMINATED INITIALS in blue and red on gold grounds with foliate infill (wear and some marginal staining, the gold sometimes rubbed and faded).
These charming leaves are a fine example of the texts and images that were produced so successfully to satisfy the demands of the English market. The style of illumination shows the marked influence of Willem Vrelant, one of the most influential illuminators working in Bruges during the third quarter of the 15th century. Closely related to the present miniatures are two leaves in the Philadelphia Free Library, EM 10:11 and EM 10:12. Note that additional leaves from this Book of Hours are included in lot 215.
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