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Book of Hours

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Description This book of hours was produced in the first quarter of the 15th century in North-East France. The contents of its calendar point to Paris but include saints particularly associated with Soissons. The same association can be found in the Hours of the Virgin. The manuscript has a fairly standard cycle of miniatures but they are notable for the intricate patterning found in their backgrounds; most especially with the coils of vine scrolls that comprise the setting for Christ in Majesty (fol. 79r). In addition, several folios throughout the text contain marginal dragon-like creatures that can often be seen biting at their own wings. The original patron of the manuscript was male and his portrait can be found on fol. 157r accompanying a seated Virgin and Child.
Date Description Narrative
8/07/2013Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation
  • Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Images of Devotion: Personal Piety in Medieval Manuscripts and Ivories. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Provenance Duchess of Berry, France, mid 19th century (?) [1]; Duchess of Berry Sale, Paris, March 22 1864, no. 22; purchased by Jean Engelmann, Paris, 1864; Gruel and Engelmann Collection, Paris [2]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Inscription on front pastedown, "Duchesse de Berry N8" [2] Bookplate on front pastedown and inscribed "N. 3"
Inscriptions [Inscription] On spine in gold: Heures Manuscrite
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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first quarter 15th century
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with golden brown leather with gilded foliate toolling
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 6 13/16 × W: 4 3/4 in. (17.3 × 12 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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