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The Antiphonary: Divine Music of the Middle Ages

Publié le , par Anne Doridou-Heim

A divine music rises from this book of chants, uttered by voices in the Middle Ages.

€82,160Handwritten antiphonary page on parchment from the 16th-17th century with... The Antiphonary: Divine Music of the Middle Ages

€82,160
Handwritten antiphonary page on parchment from the 16th-17th century with an illuminated initial, 56 x 38 cm/22 x 14.9 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, December 4, 2018. Leclere auction house. Mr. Piazzola.

The antiphonary, a collection of liturgical chants written in large letters with the notes of plainsong, would be placed on a big lectern. It was intended for the choirmasters; the singers sang by heart. On its pages were inscribed the antiphons—the melodies of the psalms for the year—sung by the choir during the services celebrated throughout each day by the faithful. It is likely, but not certain, that the first ones appeared under Pope Gregory I, in the 6th century, but these psalters only began to be referenced in abbey libraries at the very end of the 8th century. As time went by, their initials began to be decorated with highly refined miniatures, often enhanced with gold and azure to evoke a closeness to heaven. Today, it is the bids that rise rather than the voices.

Prices include fees.
€10,846Fragment of an illuminated manuscript antiphonary from the second half of the 15th century, 85 ff. of parchment, 21.2 x 14 cm/8.3 x

€10,846
Fragment of an illuminated manuscript antiphonary from the second half of the 15th century, 85 ff. of parchment, 21.2 x 14 cm/8.3 x 5.5 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, March 16, 2022. Thierry de Maigret Auction House Mr. de Broglie.

€52,500Illuminated historiated letter from an antiphonary, Italy, Milan or Padua, c. 1450, 22.9 x 19.4 cm/9 x 7.6 in.Paris, Salle Favart,

€52,500
Illuminated historiated letter from an antiphonary, Italy, Milan or Padua, c. 1450, 22.9 x 19.4 cm/9 x 7.6 in.
Paris, Salle Favart, October 18, 2018. Ader Auction House. Mr. Busser.

€20,480Historiated initial "P" on an antiphonal leaf, tempera, gouache, ink, and burnished gold on parchment, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, c. 12

€20,480
Historiated initial "P" on an antiphonal leaf, tempera, gouache, ink, and burnished gold on parchment, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, c. 1270-1300, attributable to the Master of Bagnacavallo, 46.1 x 33 cm/18.1 x 12.9 in.
Paris, Salle Favart, June 27, 2019. Ader Auction House. Mr. Busser.




















 

The liturgy of the Hours is laid out note by note, embellished by illuminated initial letters.

€17,160Extracts from an illuminated antiphonary on parchment, Belgium, Bruges c. 1500-1515, mounted as a diptych.Paris, Hôtel Drouot, Nove

€17,160
Extracts from an illuminated antiphonary on parchment, Belgium, Bruges c. 1500-1515, mounted as a diptych.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, November 19, 2021. Binoche & Giquello Auction House. Ms Adeline.

€5,880Antiphonary on 16th century parchment, folio, decorated with red and blue lettering and initials decorated with grotesque figures.Pa

€5,880
Antiphonary on 16th-century parchment, folio, decorated with red and blue lettering and initials decorated with grotesque figures.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, October 13, 2016. Baron Ribeyre & Associés Auction House. Mr. Lhermitte.

€7,018Biblical or evangelical figure, gouache and gold illumination on a blue background from an antiphonary page, Florentine school, late

€7,018
Biblical or evangelical figure, gouache and gold illumination on a blue background from an antiphonary page, Florentine school, late 15th century, 19 x 24 cm/7.5 x 9.4 in.
Paris, Rossini Room, December 11, 2018. Rossini Auction House.



 

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