Lot 108
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King David Playing the Psaltery, Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata, illuminated miniatures on the Beatus leaf of a choir Psalter of Franciscan use, manuscript on vellum

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20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

a single leaf, 563 mm. by 420 mm., with a very large initial 'B' ("Beatus vir qui non abiit ...", Psalm 1), 165 mm. by 153 mm., King David seated in a semi-circular enclosure plucking a psaltery on his lap, gazing upwards, Christ appearing in a mandorla above him displaying his wounds and with the beams of the Cross behind him, all within an extremely elaborate leafy initial with its left-hand stem grasped by two Franciscan friars, on a highly burnished gold panel, supporting a full illuminated border of very lush scrolling coloured plants and flowers on burnished gold backgrounds including two polychrome birds, thirteen Franciscan friars peering out from the foliage, one friar pointing at another reading a book, one friar hanging over a plant stem reading a scroll, one bearded friar's face at the upper left staring straight out at the viewer (possibly a self-portrait of the artist), at the foot of the page Saint Francis himself kneeling on a grassy knoll, his hands raised, receiving the stigmata on his hands, feet and chest in the form of red lines descending diagonally from a Christ on the Cross appearing in the right-hand margin, in a mandorla, wrapped in the red wings of cherubim, text with a line of music at top on a 4-line red stave and 12 lines of text in a rounded gothic hand, verso with 14 lines of text and 5 decorated initials, old ink foliation '4' in outer margin, slight wear at foot, in wooden frame

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