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MINIATURES TIRÉES DES MERVEILLES DU MONDE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE JOUVENEL GROUP ; SCENES FROM LES MERVEILLES DU MONDE ; BOTH WATERCOLOUR ON VELLUM, BOTH EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED IN PEN AND BROWN INK, VERSO
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Attribué au Groupe Jouvenel
MINIATURES TIRÉES DES MERVEILLES DU MONDE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE JOUVENEL GROUP ; SCENES FROM LES MERVEILLES DU MONDE ; BOTH WATERCOLOUR ON VELLUM, BOTH EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED IN PEN AND BROWN INK, VERSO
Estimation
8001 200
Lot. Vendu 8,750 EUR (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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ANGERS (?) VERS 1450
MINIATURES TIRÉES DES MERVEILLES DU MONDE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE JOUVENEL GROUP ; SCENES FROM LES MERVEILLES DU MONDE ; BOTH WATERCOLOUR ON VELLUM, BOTH EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED IN PEN AND BROWN INK, VERSO
Quantité: 2
Aquarelle sur vélin 
Inscriptions à l'encre brune tirées des Merveilles du Monde au verso des deux
A) Media 77 x 160 mm ; 3 by 6 1/4 in - B) Melos 77 x 156 mm ; 3 by 6 1/8 in
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Description

These early, fascinating and outlandish miniatures, executed in watercolour on vellum, are from a manuscript entitled Les Merveilles du Monde ou Les Secrets de L'histoire naturelle.  The manuscript, of which several copies exist, consists of an imaginary geography of 56 countries of the world, presented in alphabetical order.

The Pierpont Morgan Library have a copy of the manuscript in their collection and the same two exotic compositions seen here, are also illustrated in the Morgan manuscript. The Morgan attribute their copy to The Master of the Geneva Boccaccio, a member of the Jouvenel des Ursins Group, ca. 1460.  The scenes are described as Melos (a circular island) and Media (cave with wingless dragon), supposedly representing the islands of Greece (Milos) and Iran (Media).

Stylistically the Bacri miniatures are close in handling and technique to the Morgan miniatures and it is quite plausible that these were also executed by a member of the Jouvenel Group, active in Angers, ca. 1450.  For more information on the Morgan manuscript and the Jouvenel group see J. Plummer, The Last Flowering: French Painting in Manuscripts 1420-1530 from American Collections, 1982, pp. 32 & 33, no. 44. 

1. Pierpont Morgan Library (Inv. no.  - MS M. 461 fol. 57v)

Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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