Lot 200 of 613:
Illuminated Manuscript Leaf, with Elaborately Decorated Initials, Likely from the Beauvais Missal  

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Illuminated Manuscript Leaf, with Elaborately Decorated Initials, Likely from the Beauvais Missal


Northern France, perhaps Beauvais or Amiens


Late 13th or early 14th century


Two columns with up to 12 lines of text, in a Gothic hand. Music in a square notation on a 4-line red stave. 12 decorated initials in red, blue and gilt, some sprouting into foliate bar borders. With rubrication. Example of bestiary with small dog sitting on initial in bottom corner of recto. On vellum. 28.7x19.8 cm (11½x8").

Notable for its very beautiful and elaborate initials. The leaf is from the prayer after mass, based on text on recto: "Deus, qui tribs pueris mitigasti flammas ignium (...)". Provenance Otto Ege.

Lot Amendments

Three inch tear at bottom, two small pieces of mounting tape on verso, bit of smear to two initials; very good.

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