Sotheby's London Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts sale achieved a total of £873,775 with an impressive selection of manuscripts, miniatures, leaves and fragments, ranging from the 5th to the 16th centuries.
Highlights included a richly illuminated book of hours made in Paris around 1500 with historiated borders throughout, which sold for £220,900 and another book of hours, also made in the French capital from around 1440, which sold for £98,500. A devotional triptych painted on vellum by two of the most important manuscript illuminators working for the court of the French King François Ier, Etienne Colaud and the Master of François de Rohan, achieved £74,500.
As the only auction house to hold sales solely dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts Sotheby’s is delighted to announce our next sale on 3 December 2013. Amongst the highlights are a hitherto unrecorded Renaissance masterpiece, a devotional triptych painted on vellum by two of the most important manuscript illuminators working for the court of the French King François Ier: Etienne Colaud and the Master of François de Rohan. Also featured is a 5th-century fragment of the Gospel of Mark, most likely from the Imperial Library in Constantinople.
A number of Books of Hours showcase the work of famous artists working in Paris, including one manuscript produced by the Master of the Munich Golden Legend for a female patron, evidently called Margaret, from Reims. The sale includes many single-leaf miniatures by renowned artists, notably a cutting of the Pentecost by the Bolognese illuminator Nerius who flourished in the early 14th century, a miniature with the Raising of Lazarus by the Master of Edward IV who worked in Bruges in the late 15th century, along with a number of leaves and a manuscript fragment illuminated by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse, who actively worked for the French court around 1500.