Leaf on vellum from an antiphonary.
$2000 / ≈ €1738
RECTO: One 2-line initial B with extensive pen work in blue and red with a fantastic large dragon.
In top a historiated initial with human figures.
Besançon, was the capital of the department of Doubs and the former capital of Franche-Comté which has since been merged with Burgundy to become Burgundy-Franche-Comté.
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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