Lot 8
  • 8

Three leaves from a Psalter, from an illuminated manuscript in Latin, on vellum

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
7,500 GBP
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  • Vellum
three leaves, 355mm. by 235mm., each with a large initial containing either foliage, a geometric pattern, or a grinning animal mask, all in colour on burnished gold ground, with the ascenders of the initials extending into decorated panels along three sides of the text, terminating in blue and red-purple ivy leaves, twelve 2-line initials in blue with red penwork, numerous smaller blue or red initials, two columns, 38 lines of dark brown ink, with damage to outermost edges on three sides and now mounted in paper, else good condition, in red cloth-covered card binding, with gilt-tooled title on frontboard

Catalogue Note

From the collection of Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825-89), English church musician, scholar, and composer.

The wealth of East Anglia in the fourteenth century fostered communities of professional artists and scribes which created some of the most breathtaking works of medieval English book art. The forms of the initials closely match those of the Peterborough Psalter (Brussels, Bibl. Roy. 9961-2; see Sandler, The Peterborough Psalter, 1974, pl.63 in particular). The closely twisted ivy-leaves bisected by their own stalks can also be found in the Barlow Psalter (Oxford, Bodl. Barlow 22; Sandler, pl.121), another product of this school.