RARE INTERNATIONAL STYLE ENGLISH MANUSCRIPT FROM A PROFESSIONAL LONDON WORKSHOP
The Saxby Psalter-Hours (use of Sarum)
Illuminated manuscript, on parchment, in Latin and Middle English
1 full-page frontispiece and 20 historiated initials perhaps by Giles Banaster and Robert Hillary
England, probably London, c. 1425-40
English manuscripts have come down to us in far fewer numbers than their continental counterparts, in part because of the ferocity of the English Reformation, and exportable examples of this quality and importance are therefore rare. An impressively grand English manuscript, the Saxby Psalter-Hours opens with a full-page picture, the size of a small panel painting and a prime example of International Gothic art. It also includes high-quality examples of signed illuminations by professional London artists. Prayers for the hours, as well as the psalms, are joined with shorter texts in Middle English verse and prose to comprise a custom-made volume.