Lot 106
  • 106

St. Christopher holding the Christ Child

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
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a single leaf, 138 mm. by 93 mm., miniature 129 mm. by 83 mm., showing the saint standing with his bare feet in a shallow trickle of green water, his left arm around the Christ Child who holds a book and pats the head of Saint Christopher, the saint's right hand grasping the stem of one of two trees growing on either side of the water, all painted in delicate colours on a burnished gold ground within a frame of faceted red split at the top and rising to a gothic ogee arched point, verso ruled for 28 lines but otherwise blank, slight tape stains on verso, in nineteenth-century wooden frame with scrolling acanthus leaves painted on in liquid gold

Catalogue Note

A miniature of extremely high quality and delicacy of technique.  The faces resemble those of as Psalter now in Nuremberg, from Engelberg Abbey in northern Switzerland (cf. H. Swarzenski, Die Lateinischen Illuminierten Handschriften des XIII. Jahrhunderts, 1936, pp. 125-6, and figs. 529-30); the oversized trefoils on the trees occur in other manuscripts from the region of Lake Constance (ibid, figs. 608-10; and W. Voelkle and R. Wieck, The Bernard H. Breslauer Collection of Manuscript Illuminations, 1992, pp. 128-9, no. 38).  Saint Christopher was patron saint of travellers.