The Nanterre Book of Hours
Bedford Master & Dunois Master
Book of Hours. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 16 large miniatures by Haincelin de Hagenau (= Bedford Master) and Jean Haincelin (Dunois Master).
A luxurious example of a Parisian book of hours of the first half of the 15th century, illuminated in the late Bedford style, without any signs of decreasing quality but with miniatures of incredible beauty and radiance. It is decorated with miniatures that demonstrate the amount of ambition with which Parisian artists were rivalling large panel paintings from the Netherlands with their own miniatures. The aspiration of this impressive and costly manuscript made for the noble Nanterre family reveals the self-confidence of a clientele based in Paris and the Île de France who worked as lawyers (the Parliament of Paris was a court of justice) and in the administration, leading them to acquire wealth and power in emergent social ranks.
Heribert Tenschert - Antiquariat Bibermühle
"Books, Maps and Manuscripts"