c 1490-1510 Book of Hours Leaf - Unusual gemstone borders


Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 25 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum. (160 x 115mm – 6 ¼ x 4 ½’’) 

One two-line illuminated initial in blue and white with a floral interior on a gold ground; fourteen one-line illuminated initials and eight illuminated line-extenders in gold on a red or blue ground.  Unusual vibrant and elaborate panel borders in colorful floral and gemstone motif on a blue or rich sable ground.                    

France: Rouen (Use of Rouen) c. 1490-1510.

Style and execution of the miniature paintings in the parent manuscript are closely related to the Master of the Geneva Latini (see Walter 224 & 233 for examples).                           

The two-line illuminated “D” begins Psalm 7: 1-13: “Domine…” (O Lord my God, in thee have I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. Lest at any time he seize upon my soul like a lion, while there is no one to redeem me, nor to save.  O Lord my God, if I have done this thing, if there be iniquity in my hands: If I have rendered to them that repaid me evils, let me deservedly fall empty before my enemies…Just is my help from the Lord: who saveth the upright of heart. God is a just judge, strong and patient…).

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-11888