BOOK of HOURS (Use of the Netherlands?); Illuminated Manuscript on parchment With twenty-two miniatures by the Master(s) of the Gold Scrolls
by Catholic Church
NOTABLE FOR ITS EXCELLENT FRESH CONDITION WITH COLORFUL ILLUMINATIONS BY ONE OF THE BEST HANDS OF THE MASTER(S) OF THE GOLD SCROLLS, THIS BOOK OF HOURS WAS USED AS A "LIVRE DE RAISON" BY THE SAME FAMILY FROM THE AUVERGNE FROM THE SIXTEENTH TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin, Belgium, Bruges, c. 1450, 205 x 140 mm., 123 folios, complete, written in a neat Gothic bookhand, red rubrics, 1-line initials in alternating highly burnished gold leaf with black penwork and blue with red penwork, 2-line initials in highly burnished gold leaf with blue and white tracery infill and red surrounds, two illuminated borders with highly burnished gold leaf and 6-line illuminated initials in blue with burnished gold leaf and ivy leaf infill, twenty-two three-quarter page miniatures with full borders, and 5-line initials on burnished gold grounds. BINDING: 19th-century neo-Gothic style binding by Gruel and Engelmann of brown morocco, edges gilt, boxed. ILLUSTRATION: The twenty-two miniatures are of fine quality. Most of them are by one of the best hands of the group known as the Master(s) of the Gold Scrolls, named for the use of gold scrolls on chocolate brown backgrounds in the illuminations. The bright colors, extensive use of lapis lazuli, juxtaposed to brilliant green and red vermillion, and elegant Gothicizing figures are characteristics of the workshop and are especially effectively executed in the present example. Subjects as follows: f. 14, Saint John the Baptist; f. 15v, Saint George; f. 17, Saint Christopher; f. 18v, Saint Anthony; f. 21v, Saint Catherine; f. 23, Saint Mary Magdalene; f. 24v, Saint Margaret; f. 26, Saint Barbara; f. 27v, Saint Anne; f. 29, Pentecost; f. 33, Crucifixion; f. 37, Virgin and Child with Angel; f. 53, Annunciation; f. 60, Visitation; f. 67v, Nativity; f. 71, Annunciation to the Shepherds; f. 74, Adoration of the Magi; f. 77, Presentation in the Temple; f. 80, Massacre of the Innocents; f. 85v, Flight into Egypt; f. 91, Last Judgment; f. 101, Funeral Mass. PROVENANCE: Painted in Bruges by one of the best hands of the Master of the Gold Scrolls. The calendar includes Bruges saints (e.g., Remigius and Bavo). Other features, such as the inclusion of the prayers on the Seven Last Words and the placement of the Suffrages at the beginning of the book, are also typical of Bruges Books of Hours, especially those made for export. From 1589 to 1953 the manuscript remained in the hands of the same family, whose names are entered throughout the calendar and in the text of the Seven Penitential Psalms and at the end of the Office of the Dead, as follows: Jean Gebelin, Prior of the Abbey of Paix in Issoire in the Auvergne (1589), Chamerlat, de Villeneuve, and de Marce (1953), etc. James and Elizabeth Ferrell Collection. CONDITION: In excellent fresh condition with wide margins, two illuminated pages cut down, then reinserted intact in the manuscript (ff. 74 and 85), with a loss of c. 65 mm. in their outer margins. Full description and photographs available on request (BOH 126).
(Inventory #: BOH126)
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