St Margaret and the Dragon, miniature and centaur border on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in Latin [Spain (Toledo), c.1500]
- ink and pigment on vellum
The illumination draws on the models of the so-called Ghent-Bruges school but the monumental script (the ascenders here up to 9mm) laid out on only nine lines clearly shows that the manuscript was produced in Spain. Josefina Planas Badenas has pointed out that such border designs were particularly popular in Toledo around the turn of the century (cf. her 'Bernardino de Canderroa y la iluminación del libro', Rivista di Storia della Miniatura, 19, 2015, pp.131-50). The fine drawing, the subtle sense of depth and the powerful use of colours showcase the high talent of this school.
A sister leaf, depicting St Stephen, lot 385 in the 1910 Lanna sale, was later in the collection of the Princes of Lichtenstein at Schloss Vaduz, and is now in the Print Room at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.