Order of the Willow – January 2013

Order of the Willow

Order of the Willow for Oliver of Cleftlands. Reeves gouache and oak gall ink on Strathmore 400 Series natural parchment; calligraphy in Dr. Martin’s black India ink.

The text reads:

Rejoice in the words of the Crown and know that we, AnnMarie, Royal Patroness of the arts and Dag our King are mindful of the skills that Oliver of Cleftlands hath displayed in practicing the art of leatherwork, and also of the teaching of the same to all who would learn. We wish to name him a Companion of the Order of the Willow adn bestow upon him all rights and responsibilities attendant upon this rank. We grant him the right to bear the badge Purpure, a willow tree eradicated Or, without let or hindrance from any person. Confirmed by our hands this 12th day of January, Anno Societatis 47 at A Regular Event in our Barony of the Cleftlands.

Illumination based on Hausbuch der Landauerschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg, 279.2° Folio 82 verso (Landauer I).

The Latin phrases inscribed on the surrounding scrolls read: faber est suae quisque fortunae (Every man is the artisan of his own fortune) and nvllvm qvod tetiget non ornavit (He touched none he did not adorn).

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