NEO-GOTHIC MASTERPIECE, CUSTOMIZED TO CELEBRATE A PRESTIGIOUS MARRIAGE
Heures du Moyen-Age (copy customized to celebrate the marriage of Marie-Anne Froment-Meurice and Léon Lefebure)
In French and Latin, chromolithograph on paper
France (Paris), Gruel-Engelmann, 1862 and January,1874
16 full-page illustrations and full borders on every text page in color chromolithography
Signifying romance in a time long ago, the Middle Ages fascinated art lovers in the nineteenth century. This masterpiece inspired by medieval manuscripts and printed in glowing colors is an exceptional example of this trend called “New Gothic.” Customized to celebrate the marriage of a prestigious couple, the bride from a famous family of goldsmiths, the volume displays many singular features. It has a made-to-order binding with inserted oil paintings, beautiful fore-edge paintings, bejeweled clasps signed by a well-known jeweler, and the inserted names of the bride and bridegroom with dates of the ceremony.