c 1480 - Beautiful Book of Hours Leaf - Coronation of the BVM


Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 16 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum.(175 x 128mm – 6 7/8 x 5’’) 

One three-line illuminated initial in blue & white with a floral interior on a gold ground; one two-line illuminated initial, six one-line illuminated initials and five illuminated line extenders in burnished gold on red & blue ground.

Origin and Use:  Paris, c. 1480.

Provenance:  Ex William Foyle - Beeleigh Abbey Collection, from a Book of Hours sold at Sotheby's July 2000 (folio 87).

An unusual jewel-filled border surrounds the miniature painting in red, green, blue and white on liquid gold ground. The surrounding border is a dense floral motif in red, green, blue and liquid gold.    

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (recto) depicts the Virgin Mary, wearing blue & violet robes, kneeling on a green floor with hands clasped; One angel with green wings hovers above her while placing a gold crown on her head; a second angel with red wings holds the Virgin Mary’s robes; a starry night sky is seen in the background above a dark brown wall.  God the Father, enthroned, blesses the Virgin Mary with his right hand, while in his left he holds a gold cross-topped orb; red & gold baldachin above and behind him.

This leaf opens the Hours of the Virgin – Hour of Compline.  The three-line illuminated “C” begins:  “Converte…” (Convert us O God our Savior. And avert thine ire from us. Incline unto my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit.. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end, Amen).

The two-line illuminated “U” opens Psalm 12 (King James 13):  “Usquequo…” (How long O Lord, wilt thou forget me…). 

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-11928