Original leaf from an illuminated 15th century Gregorian chant. This medieval musical sheet was executed by hand in manuscript calligraphy on animal parchment. (610 x 430mm - 24.4 x 17.2").
The music and text (six lines written in rounded gothic script) are written in black ink, on a five-line-stave, with headings and rubrics in red.
Spain: Seville, c. 1460-90.
This striking leaf is related to a series of choirbooks attributed to the Master of the Cypresses who illuminated twenty Choirbooks preserved in the Cathedral of Seville. Once thought to be Pedro da Toledo, he is now identifed as Nicolas Gomez – active 1460-90.
Two highly illuminated initials extend the length of the five-line stave and are in burnished gold with and interior floral motif on red or blue ground, resting on an outer rectangular blue or red ground with a delicate floral motif. They extend into the margin in an elegant rinceaux-style border of vines adorned with gold bezants!
The elaborate "F" begins Psalm 44 (King James 45) 10: "Filie..." (The daughters of kings have delighted thee in thy glory. The queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety).
The next elaborate "F" begins Psalm 118 (KJ 119) 121, 128: "Feci..." (I have done judgment and justice: give me not up to them that slander me. Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments…).