Lot 20
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The Death of the Virgin and the Last Judgment of Christ, two historiated initials, from a Choirbook, in Latin [Upper Rhine, Lake Constance, c.1300]

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Description

  • illuminated manuscript on vellum
two cuttings, each 89x84mm, vellum, historiated initials 'G' and 'B', with text and music on four-line red staves, rastrum 18mm, vellum cockled, with pigment losses

Catalogue Note

Two examples of the important book production by the Dominican nuns at the convent of Sankt Katharinenthal on Lake Constance

These two cuttings are closely related in style to a Gradual in Nuremberg (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, MS.21897) which was painted between 1290 and 1300 by the Dominican nuns at the convent of Sankt Katharinenthal on Lake Constance (see Buchmalerei im Bodenseeraum, 1997, nos.KE11, 11a-b, esp. close is 11b from c.1300, Getty Museum, MS 8). This manuscript served as a model for the celebrated Gradual produced by the same convent c.1312 (see the facsimile edition Das Graduale von St. Katharinenthal, 1980; ibid., 1997, no.KE22). A group of 11 other cuttings, first published – at least partly – by H. Swarzenski (Die Lateinischen Illuminierten Handschriften des XIII Jahrhunderts, 1936, pp.53-54, figs.608-10) are related to the Nuremberg Gradual but less refined in style (see ibid., 1997, nos.KE14a-k; two of them sold at Christie’s, 16 December 1991, lots 6-7 with col.pls., today in a private collection, Switzerland). A single leaf from an otherwise unknown or lost Gradual from around 1310 survives in Überlingen (Stadtarchiv; ibid., 1997, no.KE21).  

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