IM-9285: (288 x 198mm 11 3/8 x 7 7/8) Original leaf from a famous Medieval Missal. Two columns (22 lines each) of Latin text, written black & red in rotunda script on animal parchment. Seven illuminated two-line initials alternately in deep blue with white tracery on a pink ground and pink with white tracery on a deep blue ground each having floral or geometric interior in colors and burnished gold and extending into the margins in pink, orange, blue, green and burnished gold. Four-line musical stave with eleven intricate calligraphic initials in red and black. From the third volume of a very fine gothic Missal,which had a contemporary inscription recording its bequest to Beauvais Cathedral from Robert de Hangest, canon of Beauvais.
France (Beauvais), c. 1285-90.
This leaf continues prayers and hymns for St. George and St. Mark the Evangelist.
Ex Collection: Otto EGE. The missal was purchased at Sothebys in 1926 and subsequently dispersed by Ege as leaf 15 in his well known portfolio 50 Leaves From Medieval Manuscripts. Leaves from the Beauvais Missal are considered the finest of the Ege portfolio examples and are in the collection of many notable museums, institutions and collections, eg. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pierpoint Morgan Library, Rutgers University, Oberlin College, Boston Public Library, Wellesley College, Houghton Library (Harvard), Schoyen Collection (Norway), de Hamel Collection (Cambridge UK), and others.