(1) These two cuttings, with their realistic studies of flowers strewn over a warm yellow ground are remarkably close to the borders of books produced in Ghent and Bruges c.1500 for prestigious noblemen and women (cf. the Prayer Book of Margaret of Austria: ÖNB., Cod. 1862, illustrated Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures, 1999, p.418; the Hours of William Lord Hastings: British Library, Additional MS.54782, ibid. p.425, fig.9; and the Hours of Margaret of Austria: British Library, Additional MS.35313, ibid. p.441, fig.29). The size of these cuttings, however, suggests that their parent manuscript was a large-scale liturgical volume.
(2) John D. Profumo, fifth Baron Profumo (1915-2006), Secretary of State for War from 1960, whose political career was cut short by the notorious scandal of 1963, which fatally damaged the reputation of Harold Macmillan’s government. Sold on his behalf in our rooms, 19 June 1979, lot 7, for £400, to the present owner.
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