Lot 15
  • 15

An Angel Hybrid, cutting from a Choirbook, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1290s]

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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  • illuminated manuscript on vellum
cutting, 184x157mm, vellum, with inhabited initial ‘A’ for the Easter chant "Angelus domini locutus"), text and music in square notation on four-line red staves, erased on recto, rastrum 18mm, minor damage and smudging

Catalogue Note

The initial with the fine sculptural angel hybrid is similar in style to manuscripts produced by Maître Honoré who worked in Paris for the court of Philip the Fair (1285-1314). A Breviary made in 1296 for the King (Paris, BnF, lat.1023) is typical of his work, including lively figures drawn with a remarkable sense of volume and delicate modelling. The inclusion of a haloed, winged, angel in the present example was inspired by its text. But what is highly unusual is that the angel is treated as a hybrid, emerging from the body of a lion.

Another cutting apparently from the same manuscript was in the collection of Neil F. Philips, Q.C. (1924-1997), exhibited at the Ketonah Museum of Art, New York (Benton, ed., Medieval Monsters, 1995, pp.24-25 and fig.67), subsequently sold in our rooms, 2 December 1997, lot 64.