10. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF, France, c. 1480. - Attributed to Jean COLOMBE (artist). St. John, large miniature from a Book of Hours. [France, Bourges: c. 1480]. Large or full-page miniature (160 x 110 mm) showing Saint John seated on a grassy knoll writing his gospels before a receding landscape, a banderol below him with the first words of John's gospel, 'In principio erat Verbum …', beneath is an eagle, the symbol of Saint John, the whole framed by two columns; 15 lines of text on the verso. Matted. Condition: some flaking and rubbing.
The master's style and the format he uses is comparable to a Book of Hours by Colombe dated to c.1480 in Paris (Bibliothèque Nationale, N.a.lat. 3181), F. Avril and N. Reynaud, Les Manuscrits à peinture en France, 1440 - 1520, p.334-335.
est. $4000 – £6000