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Damselfly & Snail Bookmark

  • Fanciful bookmark of Medieval flora and fauna of a damselfly and snail hidden among blue lilies. This detail was taken from the margin of an unknown illuminated French manuscript from about 1528-30 in the collection of the Getty Museum.

    - Finish: Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, giclee print
    - Dimensions: Approx. 1.75 inches W x 3.5 inches L
    - With packaging: 8 inches H x 2.5 inches W
    - Item #: BKS6871

    Blossoms strewn on a gold ground surround the opening text of the preface to Saint Paul's Epistles. Painted life-size and casting fictive shadows on the background, the flowers appear almost real. Nestled among the flowers are a variety of insects and a snail. The anonymous French illuminator of this page adapted his design from the illusionistic borders of earlier Flemish manuscripts, a common practice among French artists of the early 1500s. A more reserved floral motif decorates the gold ground of the initial letter P of the text. 

    Source Object Information:
    Unknown Maker
    Tours France Paris France (Place created)
    About 1528 - 1530
    Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment
    Leaf: 16.5 x 10.3 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/16 in.)
    Getty Epistles (Group Title)
    Ms. Ludwig I 15, fol. 2