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Detailed record for Additional 16997

Title Book of Hours, Use of Paris
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Boucicaut Master, except for f. 72v which has been attributed to the Master of the Bedford Hours (see Meiss, The Limbourgs (1974), p. 364).
Decoration 17 miniatures with full borders in colours and gold (ff. 21, 45v, 57, 63, 68, 72v, 77, 84v, 90, 111, 119v, 129, 137, 145, 153v, 163, 171v); plus two historiated initials with partial borders in colours and gold (ff. 219 and 223). Large initials in colours with gold grounds and foliate decoration. Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 160 x 115 (85 x 50)
Official foliation ff. ii + 226 (f. i and 1 are parchment flyleaves at the beginning, + an unfoliated flyleaf after f. 1; f. ii is a parchment flyleaf at the end, + 3 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling; gilt edges.
Provenance Étienne Chevalier (b. c.1410, d. 1474), Treasurer of France: in the border of f. 90 is a red medallion bearing two interlaced ‘E’s added by the artist Jean Fouquet (b. c. 1420, d. c. 1480) for Étienne Chevalier (Fouquet was commissioned by Étienne Chevalier to produce a Book of Hours (the Hours of Étienne Chevalier), now fragmentary, a miniature of which is Additional 37421; 40 of the extant miniatures are in a manuscript that is Chantilly Bibliothèque du Château, MS 71).
Edward Harman, of Clay Hill, Enfield, book collector: his sale, London, 18 June 1847, lot 1395 (note on f. 1 and in A Catalogue of the Valuable and Important Library of Edward Harman, Esq. (1847), p. 68); purchased by the British Museum.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1846-1847 (London: British Museum, 1882), p. 342.

The Palaeographic Society: Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions, Second series, ed. by Edward Augustus Bond, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, (London: Cloves and Sons, 1884-1894), II, pl. 116.

[George Warner], Reproductions from Illuminated Manuscripts, Series I, (London: British Museum, 1907), pl. 30.

Millard Meiss, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Boucicaut Master (London : Phaidon, 1968), pp. 23-26, 29, 33, 37, 40, 41, 57, 59, 62, 68-69, 71-73, 77, 79, 92, 137, 149 n. 22, 153 n. 34; figs 134, 172, 174, 283-295, 299.

Otto Pächt, Buchmalerei des Mittelalters (Munich: Prestel, 1984), p. 198, fig. 207.

Lilian M. C. Randall and others, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), I: France, 875-1420, p. 237.

Janet Backhouse, Books of Hours (London: British Library, 1985), p. 27, fig. 21.

Millard Meiss, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and their Contemporaries (London, 1974), I, p. 364; II, figs 263, 598, 752.

Masters and Miniatures: Proceedings of the Congress on Medieval Manuscript Illumination in the Nothern Netherlands (Utrecht, 10-13 December 1989), ed. by Koert van der Horst and Johann-Christian Klamt (Doornspijk: Davaco, 1991), p. 57.

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 141, fig. 238.

Albert Chatelet, L'Âge d'or du manuscrit à peintures en France au temps de Charles VI et les Heures du Maréchal Boucicaut (Dijon: Institut de France, 2000), p. 47, fig. 24.

Janet Backhouse, Illuminations from Books of Hours (London: British Library, 2004), pl. 57.

Gregory T. Clark, Art in a Time of War (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2016), pp. 68, 152, 298, 300, 391 n9, Ills. 63, 160.


Images
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Pen-flourished Initials

f. 31
Pen-flourished Initials
Visitation

f. 45v
Visitation
Adoration of the Child

f. 57
Adoration of the Child
 
Annunciation to the Shepherds

f. 63
Annunciation to the Shepherds
Presentation of Christ in the Temple

f. 72v
Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Flight into Egypt

f. 77
Flight into Egypt
 
Coronation of the Virgin

f. 84v
Coronation of the Virgin
David

f. 90
David
Mass for the Dead

f. 119v
Mass for the Dead
 
Pentecost

f. 129v
Pentecost
All Saints

f. 137
All Saints
Crucifixion

f. 153v
Crucifixion
 
Assumption

f. 163
Assumption
Office of the Dead

f. 171v
Office of the Dead

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