Two unusual miniatures [France (Paris), late 19th or early 20th century]
- illuminated manuscript on vellum
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The so-called Spanish Forger (on whom see Voelkle, Spanish Forger, 1978, and Hindman, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age, 2001, esp.pp.156-62), usually painted scenes that are either overly religious/biblical, or show scenes of courtliness and chivalry; whatever their precise subjects, the present images are therefore exceptional within the oeuvre of “this now eminently collectible artist” (Hindman, p.162). Voelkle has assigned the reference numbers SL 115 and SL 116 to the present miniatures.