Here's the latest pictures of the custom framing we had done to four of our manuscripts. We took our documents to a custom framer in Lawrenceville called Discount Picture Framing where they did an outstanding job of making our documents look spectacular. The website for the framer is http://bargainframer.com/ and they are opening up a new store somewhere in downtown Atlanta.
Both frames are custom sized and double sided. The front glass is museum quality glass and is the finest framing glass you can buy. When looking at the documents, the glass becomes almost invisible.
Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.
Our newest addition is from 1420-1440 AD and is larger than the previous leafs we've purchased (197x138mm (7.76"x5.4"). The leaf contains 15 lines of red-ruled Latin text (front and back) in dark brown ink on animal vellum.
One two-line illuminated initial in blue with delicate white penwork, and an interior floral design in red and blue on a burnished gold ground and extending into the margon in a delicate rinceaux design. There are ten one-line illuminated initials and six illuminated line-extenders in burnished gold on red and blue ground with delicated white penwork. The text is surrounded on three sides with an elegant rinceaux panel border in a delicate floral motif (including a strawberry - the symbol of perfect righteousness) with ivy leaves in red, blue, green, orange, and burnished gold. An illuminated bar extends beyond the length of the text in red, blue, and burnished gold.
This leaf was written and illuminated in France at a pivotal point in the Hundred Year’s War... England defeated France decisively in Agincourt in 1415 and took Paris in 1420. Not until Joan of Arc’s heroism (1428-29) could France regain hope of restoring its capital. The book from which this came was likely in daily use at that time.
The one-line illuminated "Q" begins Psalms 37 (King James 38) 19-23: For I will declare my iniquity: and I will think for my sin... Attend unto my help, O Lord, the God of my salvation.
The two-line illuminated "M" begins Psalm 50 (KJ51) 1-6: Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of my tender mercies blot out my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin...
This was the first frame we had completed and we put three smaller documents in the same frame. Info on the documents is listed further below. This frame was done just like the other frame with museum quality glass on the front and UV blocking acrylic on the back.
1250 AD - Our oldest manuscript. Book of Hours on vellum, possibly from France. Fresh natural colors, white filling, decorations in burnished gold. Beautiful and singular Gothic handwriting, all richly illuminated and miniated in silver, blue with Gothic-Batarde vellum, rich with initials, filler lines & letters. Colored Minuskeln and Lombarden in gold,red and blue classities colored climbing work and hands ornaments Double columns, each with 15 lines
1450 AD - A delicate leaf from a Book of Hours, 15th century, in Latin, on vellum from the North of France, (possibly Amiens?) 153x100 mm (6"x4"). There are seventeen lines of monastic Gothic script in brown inks with numerous highly embossed capitals on grounds on red and blue with white tendrils. Line fillers have blue and red grounds with white tendrils and a highly embossed gold middle. Two sided. Condition of this leaf is Fine [F] "Gloria Patri, et Filio: et Spiritui sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper: et in saecula saeculorum, Amen." "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost. Even as it was in the beginning, and now, and ever: and world without end. Amen."
1280 AD - This is an original vellum from an original Medieval Illuminated Manuscript. It is a richly decorated, breviarium or Book of Hours used in Rome, 13th century, most likely written in a scriptorium of France around 1280. This is a text manuscript with two culumns of 31 lines in each column. It consist of red-ruled page written in pale dark brown and blue & red ink in latin text manuscript liturgical in sleek gothic-batarde, classic style of the 13th century.