Superb 13th Century Illuminated Psalter Leaf Wonderful example of a leaf from a Psalter from the reign of King Philip Augustus (1179-1223), North.. Product #: ES-19108 Regular price: $1,975.00 $1,975.00 In Stock
Superb 13th Century Illuminated Psalter LeafSuperb 13th Century Illuminated Psalter LeafSuperb 13th Century Illuminated Psalter Leaf

Superb 13th Century Illuminated Psalter Leaf

Product Code: ES-19108
Length: 23CM
Width: 16CM

£1,975.00

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Wonderful example of a leaf from a Psalter from the reign of King Philip Augustus (1179-1223), Northern France. A part of the Psalm 77 and Psalm 78 starting from the illuminated word "Deus" (70:77 - 78:4). The most beautiful detail is the illuminated initial D, executed in gold leaf, red and blue tempera. 21 lines of script on the recto and verso in the finest Gothic angular script, decorated with initials adorned in gold leaf and pen work ornamentation in red and blue. Red and blue ink and gold leaf are also used for line fillers. A special...

Wonderful example of a leaf from a Psalter from the reign of King Philip Augustus (1179-1223), Northern France. A part of the Psalm 77 and Psalm 78 starting from the illuminated word "Deus" (70:77 - 78:4). The most beautiful detail is the illuminated initial D, executed in gold leaf, red and blue tempera. 21 lines of script on the recto and verso in the finest Gothic angular script, decorated with initials adorned in gold leaf and pen work ornamentation in red and blue. Red and blue ink and gold leaf are also used for line fillers. A special detail of this leaf is the small stylized head in the bottom left corner, below the text. This was a way for the scribes of this period to add a little personal touch to their work. Margins of medieval work are often filled with characters, floral scrolls, commentaries and even satire which are unique.

Probably produced in Northeastern France, perhaps in the region around Noyons, Soissons and Lyon, or at least strongly influenced by court productions of this area and manuscripts produced in Ile-de-France, especially hose of Abbey St. Victor. Although the original patron cannot be identified, the lavish use of gold leaf and high quality lead us to suspect that the work was produced for a member of the court.

Condition: Excellent.

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