A crowned king seated in judgment (most probably Quintus Mucius Scaevola, the augur) over two prisoners, large miniature from an illuminated manuscript of Cicero, De Amicitia, in French translation, on vellum [Central France (perhaps Nantes or Tours), third quarter of the fifteenth century]
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upper portion of a leaf, 220mm. by 180mm., with a large arch-topped miniature enclosing a seated judge with a white beard, before a crowd of attendants in a rich gothic interior, in the foreground two prisoners are led in as a scribe writes, border on two sides of coloured acanthus leaves and foliage, enclosing two men in turbans, verso with 2 columns of 28 lines in lettre bâtarde corresponding to chs.16-18 of the text, once laid down on board but now loose, nineteenth-century pencil “480” and “469” on verso, small flakes and slight discolouration to edge of miniature, else excellent condition, carved gilt frame
From the same manuscript as the previous lot.