Twelve leaves from two Psalters, in Latin [southern Netherlands, 13th century]
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- illuminated manuscript on vellum
(a) 3 leaves (bifolium and single leaf), 125×83mm, vellum, 20 lines, 85×45mm, with Psalms 118:32-49 and 121-156, eight large illuminated initials, including one with a human-headed hybrid creature wearing a pointed hat [southern Netherlands, c.1250-75]; (b) 8-leaf quire and single leaf, 121×96mm, vellum, 18 lines, 80×53mm, the quire retains its sewing, and contains Psalms 101:3-104:45, the leaf contains Psalm 26:1-9, with a large historiated initial depicting King David [Netherlands (perhaps Utrecht), c.1250-75]
(a) the division of Psalm 118 into eight-verse sections (here each marked with an illuminated initial), rather than 16-verse sections, is a monastic rather than secular feature; (b) is from a volume with a calendar of the Utrecht diocese and a 15th-century Utrecht ownership inscription, sold at Christie’s, 7 June 2006, lot 40 (very imperfect but with five historiated initials and twelve Occupations of the Months, closely related to New York, Morgan M.34 and M.113); leaves including a calendar leaf and the present historiated initial were sold at Hartung & Hartung, 16 April 2007, lots 55–57; four other leaves were sold in our rooms 4 December 2007, lot 4 (ill.).