Two illuminated parchment sheets, 15th and 19th Century

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Illuminations executed by a member of the group, Spanish Forgers, on pages from 15th Century Book of Hours

Brown ink, flowered margins, ornamental filigree letters and edged with gilt lettering.

Presenting the following illumination:
- "l'Annonciation" (The Annunciation) and four small round medallions on angles : "Le rêve de Joachim" (Joachim’s Dream); "le baiser de la Porte Dorée" (Meeting at Golden Gate); "la naissance de l'Immaculée Conception" (Birth of the Immaculate Conception); "le mariage de la Vierge" (Virgin Mary’s wedding)
- "la crucifixion de Notre Seigneur Jésus" (Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus)
The margins have scrollwork, fruits (strawberries) & flowers (wild pansies, daisies, carnations and gypsy weeds).

Illumination: 9 x 7 cm (3-1/2 x 2-3/4 in.) - Sheet: 16,5 x 12 cm (6-1/2 x 4-3/4 in.)

The Spanish Forger was an excellent artist from the late 19th century or early 20th century who employed his art to re-illustrate medieval Book of Hours. This nickname was created because the first historians to study the works considered it a Hispanic style. Today, experts agree that this artist was working in Paris. Endowed with great talent, he produced works that are now sought after by collectors. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London recently acquired an ensemble collection from this artist, whereas his overall work sheds interesting light on the perception of medieval art in the late 19th century.
Had he lived in the 15th century, the Spanish Forger would have been one of the major artists of that time.

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  • Expertissim Reference: 2013100139