May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 254

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 900
Medieval Manuscript Leaf.
Gospel of John Incipit with Illumination.

France, 14th century.

Folio-format parchment leaf inscribed in brown ink, two columns, ruled in ink, text written within the rules, forty lines per page, headlines in red and blue, capitals stroked in red; illuminated with a twelve-line full-length portrait of John holding a book and wearing a long red tunic with a gray cloak, in an arched space supported by columns painted in blue with a brick-work background, his halo and the floor under his feet highlighted in gold leaf, along with some dots in the marginal work, with extended line decoration that terminates in a long-billed bird at the foot of the column, and a dragon-like creature with a man's head at the top; the verso with delicate vertical red and blue designs parallel to the left column terminating in pen tracery; the leaf housed in a modern archival double-sided mat, the leaf 13 x 9 in.; 20 1/2 x 16 in. overall.