Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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111

Calendar, most probably from a Psalter-Hours , in Latin

Sold for £800

Est: £800–1200

Calendar, most probably from a Psalter-Hours , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [north east France (most probably Metz), first half of thirteenth century]

6 leaves (a single gathering), 33 lines in an angular early gothic bookhand, initials touched in red, small initials in blue or liquid gold with penwork in contrasting colour, large ‘KL’ initials in liquid gold on blue and pink grounds heightened with white penwork, some near-contemporary additions to columns and later scribbles in margins and blank spaces, early twentieth-century pencil ‘267’ in circle at foot of last leaf, first and last pages discoloured in places and small holes in first leaf, else fair and presentable condition, 130 by 90mm; nineteenth-century card binding with parchment spine, and labels with ‘No 120’ and ‘1778/447’ on front cover

The appearance of SS. Arnulf (18 July), Gondulf (6 September) and Goericus (19 September), all named as “metum episcopus” (‘bishop of Metz), and Segolene (24 July; whose relics were held in the church dedicated to her there) point firmly towards that city for the origin of this manuscript, but the presence of saints such as Gengulf (11 May) and Wilibrord (7 November) suggest the patron had wider contacts throughout the north eastern region of France and neighbouring southern Netherlands.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

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