Lot 11
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THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN, BY THE MASTER OF THE HOUGHTON MINIATURES [GHENT, C.1480]

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
Sold
62,500 GBP
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Description

  • [Flanders (Ghent), 15th century (c.1480)]
single miniature, c.128x78mm, vellum, trimmed to the edge of the painted frame, laid down on thick card (138x90mm); at the top centre of the composition God the Father sits surrounded by celestial light, wearing a triple tiara and holding a sceptre in his left hand, blessing with his right; the Virgin Mary sits at his feet, already crowned as Queen of Heaven; below them is an arc of eight seated saints of whom the four middle men are presumably the Four Great Latin Doctors of the Church (Sts Ambrose and Augustine are the bishops, Gregory is the pope, and Jerome is the Cardinal); facing them, and with his back to the viewer is a tonsured (but not nimbed) male figure; closer to the viewer in the foreground are two more arcs of seated saints; in the lower corners are cloud-like areas of sky-blue, and cherubim in the upper corners; with two small punctures in the gold framing-line at the top edge, and the red pigments of God's robe and the cherubim probably faded, overall in extremely fine condition
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