Workshop of the Charpentier Master

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£ 700
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09.12.2020 00:00UTC +01:00
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United Kingdom, London
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ID 470356
Lot 6 | Workshop of the Charpentier Master
Workshop of the Charpentier Master

The Three Living and the Three Dead, Tours, final third 15th century

THE THREE LIVING AND THE THREE DEAD, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Tours, final third 15th century]

A lavishly decorated leaf from Book of Hours from the workshop of the Charpentier Master.

190 x 121mm. The miniature opening the Office of the Dead in a Book of Hours, reverse with 28 lines of text, 12 illuminated initials, 9 line-fillers and partial border, ruled space: 120 x 90mm (edges thumbed, face of one of the figures a little darkened). Mounted. Provenance: Alexander E. Vida, by descent.

Illumination: The artist responsible for the illumination, if not the Master himself, is a close associate of the Charpentier Master, active in Tours in the final third of the 15th century, and named after a Book of Hours at Angers, (Bib.Mun., MS.2049) made for Jean Charpentier, notary and secretary to King Charles VIII (1483-98). The composition of the present miniature repeats many of the stylistic traits found in the Charpentier Hours, and that François Avril identifies as characteristic of the Master: in terms of layout, the large rectangular miniature surrounded by architectural borders filling up the upper half of the page, and the text surrounded by a three-sided floral border in the lower half, echo the Annunciation in the Angers Hours (f.24); the figures wear garments that are either entirely painted in liquid gold, or profusely heightened in it. Similar too are the round faces, with wispy bunched hair (see Avril and Reynaud, Manuscrits à peintures en France, 1440-1520, p.288-90).

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