Lot 10
  • 10

Christ blessing, historiated initial cut from an illuminated manuscript on vellum

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
5,000 GBP
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  • Vellum
a cutting, 220mm. by 134mm., with a large initial 'S' in beige (85mm. by 90mm.) on burnished gold ground, terminating in acanthus-leaf sprays, enclosing a half-length portrait of Christ holding an open book and raising his hand in blessing, on a blue background heightened with white penwork, gold slightly scuffed, else good condition, card mount

Catalogue Note

This miniature has been attributed to the Master of 1328, the principal Bolognese illuminator of the first quarter of the fourteenth century. Christ's gloomy glare and heavy jowls are strikingly reminiscent of the figures in the civic register from which he takes his name (Matricole dell'Arte dei Drappierei 1328, now Civic Museum, Bologna ms. 633), and the use of bold blues and reds is identical to the palette of a series of dispersed leaves from a Bolognese copy of Gratian's Decretum (Fitzwilliam, Marlay Cuttings, It. 3-11, and that sold in our rooms 4 December 2007, lot 23, for £18,000), in which he was a collaborating artist.