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L'Oraison Dominicale.

[ROUSSELET (Gilles) - calligrapher].

[ROUSSELET (Gilles) - calligrapher].

L'Oraison Dominicale.

Illuminated manuscript on one side of a single vellum leaf [271 x 195 mm] in black, red and gold ink, with the title in a cartouche, historiated initial P and tailpiece in gold and colours, within a red ruled border.

Mounted and bound c.1935 by Riviere and Son (signed in gilt on the front turn-in) as a folio [359 x 275 x 8 mm] in full navy blue goatskin, the covers with a gilt double fillet border, the spine divided into six panels with gilt fillets and lettered in the second panel, turn-ins tooled with gilt rolls, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. In a half red goatskin chemise, with marbled paper sides and lined with felt.
[Paris? c.1680].

An attractively executed manuscript of The Lord's Prayer, handsomely presented by Riviere. With the leather booklabel of Mortimer Schiff. Sold Sotheby, 8/12/1938, lot 2073.

Gilles Rousselet (1610-1686) was a French engraver, print-publisher and calligrapher. He worked for the Imprimerie Royale from 1642 until 1647 and as a Graveur du Roi he was given the task of reproducing 14 of the paintings in the French royal collection. His oeuvre comprises over 400 prints, including more than 90 plates after works by his friend Charles Le Brun. He had two pupils, Gabriel Le Brun and Etienne Picart.

Stock no. ebc3587

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