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  • M6553 Large decorated initial on a leaf from an antiphoner, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna, perhaps Arezzo, c. 1250

Single leaf, with a large and tall initial 'V' (145 by 130mm.; opening "Vidi dominum sendentem ...", a responsory for the first Sunday in November), in pale brown acanthus leaves with baubles and red and green knots mounted in its right-hand vertical stroke, terminating in swirling foliage, enclosing intricate interlaced grey-vine foliage with green fruit and orange and yellow leaves, all on dark pink and blue grounds and within a green and light brown frame, followed by a single line of calligraphic ornamental capitals touched in yellow (two with detailed human faces picked out in penwork), simple red initial with blue penwork, red rubrics, 6 lines of text with music on a 4-line red stave (rastrum: 34mm.), seventeenth-century folio no. '63' on recto, small spots, else excellent condition, 574 by 384mm.

Another leaf of this elegant and early antiphoner was offered by Maggs, European Bulletin 16 (1990), no. 26. The elongated shape of the initial and its thin swirling foliage is close to that on a leaf in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (their MS. 96.32.4: reproduced in Choirs of Angels, 2008, p. 31, and ascribed there to Arezzo).
  • M6553 Large decorated initial on a leaf from an antiphoner, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna, perhaps Arezzo, c. 1250

Single leaf, with a large and tall initial 'V' (145 by 130mm.; opening "Vidi dominum sendentem ...", a responsory for the first Sunday in November), in pale brown acanthus leaves with baubles and red and green knots mounted in its right-hand vertical stroke, terminating in swirling foliage, enclosing intricate interlaced grey-vine foliage with green fruit and orange and yellow leaves, all on dark pink and blue grounds and within a green and light brown frame, followed by a single line of calligraphic ornamental capitals touched in yellow (two with detailed human faces picked out in penwork), simple red initial with blue penwork, red rubrics, 6 lines of text with music on a 4-line red stave (rastrum: 34mm.), seventeenth-century folio no. '63' on recto, small spots, else excellent condition, 574 by 384mm.

Another leaf of this elegant and early antiphoner was offered by Maggs, European Bulletin 16 (1990), no. 26. The elongated shape of the initial and its thin swirling foliage is close to that on a leaf in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (their MS. 96.32.4: reproduced in Choirs of Angels, 2008, p. 31, and ascribed there to Arezzo).
  • M6553 Large decorated initial on a leaf from an antiphoner, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna, perhaps Arezzo, c. 1250

Single leaf, with a large and tall initial 'V' (145 by 130mm.; opening "Vidi dominum sendentem ...", a responsory for the first Sunday in November), in pale brown acanthus leaves with baubles and red and green knots mounted in its right-hand vertical stroke, terminating in swirling foliage, enclosing intricate interlaced grey-vine foliage with green fruit and orange and yellow leaves, all on dark pink and blue grounds and within a green and light brown frame, followed by a single line of calligraphic ornamental capitals touched in yellow (two with detailed human faces picked out in penwork), simple red initial with blue penwork, red rubrics, 6 lines of text with music on a 4-line red stave (rastrum: 34mm.), seventeenth-century folio no. '63' on recto, small spots, else excellent condition, 574 by 384mm.

Another leaf of this elegant and early antiphoner was offered by Maggs, European Bulletin 16 (1990), no. 26. The elongated shape of the initial and its thin swirling foliage is close to that on a leaf in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (their MS. 96.32.4: reproduced in Choirs of Angels, 2008, p. 31, and ascribed there to Arezzo).

M6553 Large decorated initial on a leaf from an antiphoner, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna, perhaps Arezzo, c. 1250

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M6553 Large decorated initial on a leaf from an antiphoner, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna, perhaps Arezzo, c. 1250

Single leaf, with a large and tall initial 'V' (145 by 130mm.; opening "Vidi dominum sendentem ...", a responsory for the first Sunday in November), in pale brown acanthus leaves with baubles and red and green knots mounted in its right-hand vertical stroke, terminating in swirling foliage, enclosing intricate interlaced grey-vine foliage with green fruit and orange and yellow leaves, all on dark pink and blue grounds and within a green and light brown frame, followed by a single line of calligraphic ornamental capitals touched in yellow (two with detailed human faces picked out in penwork), simple red initial with blue penwork, red rubrics, 6 lines of text with music on a 4-line red stave (rastrum: 34mm.), seventeenth-century folio no. '63' on recto, small spots, else excellent condition, 574 by 384mm.

Another leaf of this elegant and early antiphoner was offered by Maggs, European Bulletin 16 (1990), no. 26. The elongated shape of the initial and its thin swirling foliage is close to that on a leaf in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (their MS. 96.32.4: reproduced in Choirs of Angels, 2008, p. 31, and ascribed there to Arezzo).

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