Description This Book of Hours was created in Zwolle, Netherlands, ca. 1470. It belongs to the group of Sarijs manuscripts, which was named after the erroneous citation in most works that identifies the manuscripts as belonging to the same group of Sarijs instead of Marijs on January 19 of their calendars (also found in W. 918). In a study of this group by Lydia Wierda, the author suggests that these manuscripts were copied by students at the school of the Brethren of the Common Life in Zwolle and also decorated and illustrated in that city (although possibly by professional illuminators) during the period ca. 1470-90 (see Wierda, De Sarijs-handschriften). All of the principal decorative schemes and motifs in W.918, as well as the compositions of its miniatures, have close counterparts in other manuscripts belonging to the group.
Provenance Created by the "Sarijs group" of the Brethren of the Common Life in Zwolle, Netherlands, ca. 1470 [armorial device found on fol. 52r, but may be decorative and not indicate original ownership]; Charles W. Reynell, London, ca. 1860 [ownership inscription in ink on back pastedown]; C. H. Reynell, Memphis, Tennessee, by descent [his sales at Sotheby's, London, July 5-7, and July 26-28, 1937]; Dmitri Tselos, Minnesota, 1941, by purchase in Europe; George Tselos and Susan E. Tselos, by descent; Walters Art Museum, 2006, by purchase and partial donation.
Credit Museum purchase and partial donation by George Tselos and Susan E. Tselos in memory of their father Dimitri Tselos, 2006
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