The English King Edward III restarted the war in 1355. The King of France Jean le Bon was taken prisoner in the following year at the Battle of Poitiers. He is liberated in 1360 by the Treaty of Brétigny at the price of a large amputation of his territories and the commitment to pay a gigantic ransom.
Jean has two daughters to be married. Interested in an alliance with France, the Duke of Milan buys the wedding of his son and heir with the younger girl, aged twelve. Marie is sixteen.
On July 3 in London, Sotheby's sells the breviary of Marie de France, lot 12 estimated £ 500K. The illustrations are from the hand of a collaborator of Jean le Noir.
This manuscript book is composed of 602 leaves 19 x 13 cm on vellum including three full size illuminated double pages. It is also illustrated by miniatures and historiated initials and by Marie's coat of arms. For the use of a pious girl, the drôleries are not truculent. A portrait of Marie protected by St. Catherine indicates that she is not yet married.
The wedding of Marie with the duc de Bar in 1364 provides the terminus ante quem of the manuscript. Eleven children of this couple will reach adulthood. The duchesse is also known as a bibliophile and protector of letters. The duc de Berry who will commission the Très Riches Heures is one of her brothers.
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SOLD for £ 610K including premium