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Abstract

This Flemish Book of Hours was produced between 1470 and 1480, most likely in either western Flanders or northern France, and probably for an ecclesiastical patron. The significant number of saints in the calendar affiliated with the diocese of Thérouanne, and more broadly northwestern Flanders, may indicate the region of production. The twenty-three full-page polychrome miniatures and six historiated initials show an influence of Simon Marmion, who was active at Valenciennes in the second half of the fifteenth century, and possibly Colin of Amiens, who was active in Paris and Tournai during the same period.

Hand note

Littera batarda

Decoration Note

Twenty-three full-page miniatures; six historiated initials; margins of most folios decorated with polychrome and gilded floral motifs; decorated initials marking secondary (2 lines) and tertiary (1 line) text divisions are rendered in blue and red pigment with gilding; rubrics and major feast days in red ink; text in brown ink

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 798, cat. no. 263.


Miner, D. The History of Bookbinding, 525-1950 A.D, exhibition catalogue. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1957; p. 53, cat. no. 124.


Bowles, E. A. "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery." Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 32, no. 4 (1976): 719-726; p. 723.


Owens, M. B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss. University of Chicago, 1987; p. 403.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3, Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore, London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1997, Part 2; pp. 371-381, cat. no. 274.


Hans-Collas, Illona, and Hanno Wijsman. "Le Livre d’heures et de prières d’Agnès de Bourgogne, duchesse de Bourbon." Art de l'enluminure 29 (2009): 20-47; p. 44.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

fol. 46bookmarkr

fol. 152bookmarkr

fol. 255bookmarkv

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Flemish
Miniature
Ornament
Flanders
15th century
Devotion
French
France

Origin Place

West Flanders (?)

Date

Ca. 1470-80 CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Rebound with green velvet ca. 1900 in either Belgium or France; gilded-silver clasps, catch-plates, and corner-guards decorated with floral motifs and birds on the upper and lower boards and date to 1637 (Arabic inscription for the Amsterdam hallmark on the inner clasp plates); fore-edge, head, and tail are gilded and impressed with arabesques and crosses

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Made in Flanders or possibly northern France ca. 1470-80 for Use of Rome; Office of the Dead is for Use of Sarum; original owner may have been a cleric affiliated with the diocese of Thérouanne, based on local saints listed in the calendar, or Ghent and Malines, based on the suffrage to St. Godelieva

Gold lion in two initials on fols. 85v and 143r may be emblem of early owner

Coat of arms of the de Sains-Ailly family from Picardy appears on fol. 129r and was added to the manuscript early

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

← search Book of Hours W.204

Origin Place

West Flanders (?)

Date

Ca. 1470-80 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Made in Flanders or possibly northern France ca. 1470-80 for Use of Rome; Office of the Dead is for Use of Sarum; original owner may have been a cleric affiliated with the diocese of Thérouanne, based on local saints listed in the calendar, or Ghent and Malines, based on the suffrage to St. Godelieva

Gold lion in two initials on fols. 85v and 143r may be emblem of early owner

Coat of arms of the de Sains-Ailly family from Picardy appears on fol. 129r and was added to the manuscript early

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased between 1895 and 1931

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This Flemish Book of Hours was produced between 1470 and 1480, most likely in either western Flanders or northern France, and probably for an ecclesiastical patron. The significant number of saints in the calendar affiliated with the diocese of Thérouanne, and more broadly northwestern Flanders, may indicate the region of production. The twenty-three full-page polychrome miniatures and six historiated initials show an influence of Simon Marmion, who was active at Valenciennes in the second half of the fifteenth century, and possibly Colin of Amiens, who was active in Paris and Tournai during the same period.

Hand note

Littera batarda

Decoration Note

Twenty-three full-page miniatures; six historiated initials; margins of most folios decorated with polychrome and gilded floral motifs; decorated initials marking secondary (2 lines) and tertiary (1 line) text divisions are rendered in blue and red pigment with gilding; rubrics and major feast days in red ink; text in brown ink

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Randall, Lilian M.C.

Cataloger: Dennis, Nathan S

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Schuele, Allyson

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Wiegand, Kimber

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935; p. 798, cat. no. 263.


Miner, D. The History of Bookbinding, 525-1950 A.D, exhibition catalogue. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1957; p. 53, cat. no. 124.


Bowles, E. A. "A Checklist of Musical Instruments in Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery." Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 32, no. 4 (1976): 719-726; p. 723.


Owens, M. B. "Musical Subjects in the Illumination of Books of Hours from Fifteenth-Century France and Flanders." Ph.D. diss. University of Chicago, 1987; p. 403.


Randall, Lilian M. C. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery. Vol. 3, Belgium, 1250-1530. Baltimore, London: Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1997, Part 2; pp. 371-381, cat. no. 274.


Hans-Collas, Illona, and Hanno Wijsman. "Le Livre d’heures et de prières d’Agnès de Bourgogne, duchesse de Bourbon." Art de l'enluminure 29 (2009): 20-47; p. 44.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

fol. 46bookmarkr

fol. 152bookmarkr

fol. 255bookmarkv

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Book of Hours
Christian
Flemish
Miniature
Ornament
Flanders
15th century
Devotion
French
France
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