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Miniature on vellum from a book of hours.
Estimated value: $3000 - $4500
This region was well known for the many workshops for Books of Hours and many masters who worked there, as Jouvenel, Robinet Tesard and the Master of the Geneva Boccaccio, became famous.
This leaf is from the beginning of the Book, the first reading from the Gospel of St. John : In principio erat verbum et verbum?.[ In the beginning was the Word and the Word?] In the painting we see John on Patmos, where he had been exiled by the Roman emperor Domitian, and where he wrote the Book of Revelations or Apocalypse. His symbol*, the eagle, holds the inkpot for his master.
The decorations in the margins are colorful and bright: acanthus leaves and flowers on a gold back ground. The initial ?I? is very nice!
*The four evangelists all had their symbols : Matthew the angel, Mark the lion, Luke the ox and John the eagle.
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