Lot 9
  • 9

Cato the Elder lecturing to Scipio Africanus and Gaius Laelius Sapiens, large miniature from an illuminated manuscript of Cicero, De Senectute, in the French translation of Laurent de Premierfait, on vellum [Central France (perhaps Nantes or Tours), third quarter of the fifteenth century]

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  • Vellum
upper portion of a leaf, 220mm. by 180mm., with a large arch-topped miniature enclosing Cato the Elder as an old man, seated and gesturing to Scipio Africanus and Gaius Laelius Sapiens, all within a richly carved gothic interior, the doorway and open window showing a rocky outcrop touched in liquid gold and a ship at sail, border on two sides of coloured acanthus leaves and foliage, enclosing two men (one in a coif, another in a golden hat) engaged in debate, some small cockling to left hand border and flaking from robes and one face, else good condition, laid down on wooden board, but lifting at bottom corner, “no.468” on back of board in later hand, carved gilt frame

Catalogue Note

From the same manuscript as the previous lot.