Collection of leaves from devotional books, in Latin and Dutch, illuminated manuscripts on parchment [fourteenth to early sixteenth century]
Twelve leaves, including: (a) leaf from an early Book of Hours or a Psalter-Hours , with single column of 13 lines, initials in gold and blue, one 3-line initial in blue enclosing a youthful saint with a red halo, this on thick gold grounds that extend up the side of coloured foliate tendrils to form a decorative border on three sides of the text, modern inscription at foot of 'Gand 1903' recording purchase place and date, small spots and stains, else good condition, 92 by 70mm.; (b) full-page miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours , with David kneeling in prayer before a gothic building, the borders filled with other scenes of Bathsheba bathing in bas-de-page with David looking on from top left-hand corner of leaf, between these further scenes of David enquiring after Bathsheba and giving Uriah the message for Joab, reverse blank, leaf trimmed back to edges of miniature and its border scenes, a little rubbed in places, overall presentable condition, 149 by 98mm., southern Netherlands (probably Bruges), c. 1510; (c) leaf from a Breviary , double column of 29 lines, red rubrics, red and dark blue initials, one large initial in blue on grounds heightened with metallic foliage, three-quarter border of coloured and dull-gold bars and foliage panels with flower-heads, fruit and birds on blank parchment flecked with dull-gold, small spots and stains, else good condition, 203 by 140mm., northern Netherlands (perhaps Utrecht), c. 1480; (d) leaf from a Calendar from a Book of Hours , entries in pale red or black, initials in gold on coloured grounds, or with 'KL' initial vice versa, one page with three-quarter border of foliage and a pea-pod on green background in Ghent/Bruges style, small spots and stains, else good condition, 179 by 125mm., Low Countries, c. 1480; (e) leaf from a Book of Hours, in Dutch translation of Geert Groote , single column of 19 lines, red rubrics, initials in burnished gold on coloured grounds, one page with three-quarter border of coloured heads mounted skewer-like on a thin gold bar, entwined within scrolling hairline gold foliage terminating in gold flowers, these with occasional acanthus leaf sprays and fruit, these foliage panels extending into upper and lower margins, one smudged initial on verso, otherwise good condition, 147 by 108mm., northern Netherlands (perhaps Utrecht); (f) leaf from a Book of Hours, in Dutch , single column of 15 lines opening Dutch translation of Ten Commandments, rubrics and paragraph marks in bright red, one large initial in blue on gold grounds with angular saw-toothed edges on left-hand side, , some damage to gold, else good condition, 146 by 101mm., northern Netherlands, c. 1470; plus a leaf from a fifteenth-century Book of Hours with a demi-grisaille border with a cockerel, three leaves from a contemporary prayerbook with illuminated border decoration, and two further contemporary leaves with gold initials
The decoration of item (e) was identified for Roger Martin by Prof. James Marrow as characteristic of the so-called Sarijs manuscripts (see L. Wierda, De Sarijs-handschriften. Studie naar een groep laat-middeleeuwse handschriften uit de IJsselstreek , 1995). These were made either by the brethren of Zwolle in the second half of the fifteenth century, or by inmates of the adjacent Domus Parva that housed the students of the Latin school of Johannes Cele.