The Rothschild Prayerbook


AUCTION: The Rothschild Prayerbook, The Renaissance Sale, New York, Wednesday 29 January 2014.

On view in London (at Christie’s, Books & Manuscripts, 8 King Street, St. James’s) for one week only: 28th November – 4th December.

One of the most prestigious and exquisite examples of Renaissance Flemish manuscript illumination to remain in private hands. An acknowledged masterpiece by the greatest artists of the Flemish Renaissance, including Gerard David, Gerard Horenbout, Simon Bening and his father Alexander Bening.

A wealth of illumination: 252 leaves, 67 full-page miniatures with surrounding borders and complementary borders on the facing pages; 5 small miniatures with accompanying full-page borders; 12 full-page calendar borders with roundels; 2 further text pages with full borders.

Prestigious provenance: perhaps made for a member of the Imperial court in the Netherlands, it joined the fabled collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century.

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