Service for Palm Sunday from a Rouen Missal ex Otto F. Ege
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Decorative Leaf from a Very Fine Missal, Use of Rouen. Single folio on vellum. Northern France, doubtless Rouen, ca. 1450: 292 mm x 215 mm (justification, 198 mm x 138 mm). Double column, 31 lines. Foliated 92 in modern pencil. Decoration: four external borders of tight rinceaux-style decoration emanating from gold and painted bar borders, the one in the outside margin very thick, with further borders between the columns and below the text; one prominent six-line dentelle initial densely packed with gold and colored ivy-leaf foliage; three two-line initials in gold on colored grounds, and other minor decoration. Text: the primary text with the large initial is the mass for Palm Sunday, the rubric of which (correctly) identifies St. John Lateran in Rome as the stational church. Provenance: S. Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts (Cayce, SC, 2013), Handlist 26. This is one of Ege’s most widely dispersed manuscript fragments, and it appeared in his Fifty Original Leaves portfolio issued posthumously around 1953. Condition: good, some residue in corners and interior margins from hinges; hinged and mounted in an original Ege mat, priced at $75.