Leaf on vellum from an antiphonary.
$1500 / ≈ €1304
RECTO: One 2-line initials R and I with extensive pen work in blue and red.
VERSO: In top a historiated initial with human figures.
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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