|Project by Peter Oxley||posted 02-14-2008 07:10 PM||2609 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a little Valentine’s day gift for Marianne. I bought her the illuminated leaf for Christmas 2006, and it has been in the safe ever since. I built a display for it once before, but it was lost in the fire.
About the Illuminated Manuscript:
The piece of parchment is from a Book of Hours, which is a prayer book containing the prayers offerred at certain times (or “hours”) of each day. The books were hand lettered, decorated, and colored (“illuminated”) by monks. Most of the color is done in ink, but the gold is actual gold leaf. This page comes from a 15th Century Flemmish Book of Hours.
About the Frame:
Unfortunately, it is impossible to choose which side of the page is the one to display, and two-sided display frames are nearly non-existant. This frame is actually two frames back-to-back with a very shallow rabbet for the glass. The frames are held together with rare-earth magnets (a big “thank you” to those who helped me figure out how to attach the magnets). The easel is sized to fit inside the frame to display the piece, and it also acts as a matte for the parchment. Simply lift the frame off the easel and turn it over to view or display the other side of the leaf. The wood is rustic maple, finished with Minwax Antique Oil. The visual opening is 7½” x 9½”.
I apologize for the quality of the pictures. My camera is refusing to focus. Time for a new camera!