Book of Hours

Dunois Master & Bedford Master

Illuminated manuscript on vellum 22.8 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6.1 in.) Paris - circa 1425

This manuscript book of hours on vellum for the use of Paris includes 16 large illuminated miniatures by the Bedford Master (Haincelin de Haguenau) and Dunois Master (Jean Haincelin), as well as large and small illustrated initials and dense, carpet-like full-page borders with flowers and acanthus leaves. Bound in a mid-17th century red morocco binding with the gilt coat of arms of Cardinal Camille de Neufville de Villeroy, archbishop of Lyons and primate of France.

In the book’s miniatures we can see the amount of ambition with which Parisian artists in their miniatures attempted to outdo the large panel paintings from the Netherlands. Furthermore, this manuscript, which was made for the noble Nanterre family and would have been a costly status symbol at the time, demonstrates the aspirations and 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) as well as in the administration, leading them to acquire wealth and power in emergent social ranks.

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Heribert Tenschert - Antiquariat Bibermühle

"Books, Maps and Manuscripts"

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