The Abbotsbury Breviary by Unknown Artist

A richly illuminated manuscript originally from Abbotsbury Abbey in Dorset and unrecorded until 2003.

Details

Medium:
Ink on vellum
Dimensions:
21.4 x 13.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £30,000)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Bernard Quaritch Ltd

The calendar in the breviary contains commemorations of a number of specifically West Country saints. The great majority of the most elaborate decorated initials depict a Catherine Wheel, the emblem of St. Catherine of Alexandria. A richly decorated chapel dedicated to St. Catherine was built at Abbotsbury.

Provenance

Possibly removed from England during the Reformation; ...; Devroe & Stubbe, Brussels, 2003; Bernard Quaritch Ltd, London.

Venue details

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