Little office of the Virgin

Accession number: 
MS M.13
Little office of the Virgin
France, ca. 1650.
French 18th-century red morocco with olive mosaic inlay, green morocco doublure, by Padeloup, lettered on back: Priere Chret.; in flowered 18th century case.
Purchased by . Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) before 1913.
89 leaves (1 column, 17 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 130 x 80 mm
Written for Louise-Elisabeth de Francini (fl. 1646-1659), wife of Honoré Parfait; arms of Parfait on fol. 1r, his wife's monogram on fol. 25v and fol. 88r, between his own within a wreath; from the collection of Anne Geneviève, Duchess of Bourbon (1619-1663); given by the Duchess of Bourbon to the sister of the Abbé Saint-Albain; after his death passed to the comtesse de Graveson, who gave it (Aug. 7, 1829) to Toussaint Felix Jolly (1760-1829); owned in 1897 by H. Leclerc (dealer); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) before 1913; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. Little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, use of Rome; written and illuminated in France, ca. 1650.
Scribe: Nicolas Jarry, who may also have been the artist.
Decoration: ornamental title page followed by a 3/4 length portrait, unsigned, of Louise-Elisabeth Francini and a child in the guise of the Virgin holding the Christ child; floral headpieces at the beginning of the canonical hours.

humanistic script
Latin and Middle French