Leaf on vellum from an antiphonary.
$1750 / ≈ €1594
RECTO: One 2-stave initial G with extensive penwork in blue and red.
In top a historiated initial with human figures.
VERSO : Musical notation on 4 bars, the staves are in red and the notes in black: numerous pen-flourished initials in brown with red flourishing almost each initial decorated with human faces or grotesques. A 1-stave initial in blue and red ink.
Paris was a leading city in the production of illuminated manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages; however production plummeted in the early years of the fifteenth century as a result of multiple difficulties; including the plague, the fall of the city to the English and the Burgundian-Armagnac feud. The fifteenth century thus saw a rise in manuscript production in provincial centers; particularly in Burgundy and the neighboring Franche-Comté owing to the artistic patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy.
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