Finest silver and medieval book illumination: The unique duet consisting of a collector coin made of 999.9 fine silver and ten miniature pages of a splendid Renaissance codex

The Silver Duet

Florence (Italy) — Last quarter of the 15th century

The Silver Duet

The Silver Duet

Florence (Italy) — Last quarter of the 15th century

  1. The limited collector coin in 999.9-fine silver is dedicated to the "Song of the Germans"

  2. The miniature pages under passepartout are taken from a splendid manuscript by Lorenzo de' Medici

  3. The set consisting of silver coin and miniature collection is limited to 999 copies worldwide

The Silver Duet

Alternative Titles:
  • Das silberne Duett
The silver duet
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Regular price (used)4,499 €
  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

The finest silver and medieval book illumination - this combination was extremely attractive even in medieval and Renaissance times. In the 15th century, none other than Lorenzo de' Medici, known as "the Magnificent", had an impressive codex made for himself that combined the filigree art of book illumination with knowledge of arithmetic and trade. The possession and trade of silver has always been considered a sign of special prosperity and was highly valued not only by the Medici. Even today, the precious metal silver occupies a special position and is similarly coveted as the book illumination of the Middle Ages.

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Codicology
Alternative Titles
Das silberne Duett
Size / Format
10 pages / 17.0 × 12.0 cm
Date
Last quarter of the 15th century
Language
Artist / School
Previous Owners
Das silberne Duett

The Silver Duet

Gaining Wealth through Games of Chance

Here we see two young noblemen dressed in expensive, red-dyed clothes playing dice in a loggia bearing the coat of arms of the Dell'Antella family in one of the pendentives. It has wonderfully vaulted ceilings and columns, to which one of them has tied up their horse who waits patiently outside. In this game, one player rolls the dice while the other guesses the outcome.

Archaeologists have found dice that predate recorded history, and the Roman legionaries were infamously fond of the game even though it was illegal. In the Late Middle Ages, gambling was a beloved pastime of the upper classes that, like astrology, was officially banned by the Catholic Church. Then, just as today, great sums could be won – and lost – by playing games of chance.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „The Silver Duet“

Das silberne Duett Facsimile

The silver duet
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Das silberne Duett Facsimile

10 leaves full-facsimile reproduction
Publisher
ArtCodex – Modena, 2021
Limited Edition
999 copies
Binding
Noble black cassette with 925 sterling silver plated Medici coat of arms
Commentary
1 volume
Regular price (used)4,499 €
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