Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.452
Book of Hours
France, probably Tours, ca. 1530-1535.
Previously French 17th-century black Shagreen, with gold clasps, formed by monogram JCO (De Ricci thought the monogram might be that of Jean Louis Charles d'Orleans, Duc de Longueville, d. 1694), surmounted by a princely crown, in red morocco case; rebound in alum tawed calf by Deborah Evetts, 1997.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
156 leaves (1 column, 20 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 138 x 90 mm
Added frontispiece on folio 1v with initials and arms of Henry III as Duke of Anjou before he became king of France in 1574; 18th-century armorial bookplate of Clermont-Gallerand of Anjou (azure three chevrons, the last broken, or); P.A. Hanrott sale (London, 1833, I, no. 2406) to Cochran; William Beckford Collection (not in the Hamilton catalogues); D. Morgand, Livres et mss. (1900), no. 23 (Inv. No. 17609); Leboeuf de Montgermont Collection (Catalogue 1914, VII, no. 36); purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Rahir in 1911; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Paris (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in France, probably Tours, ca. 1530-1535.
Decoration: 19 large miniatures, 35 small miniatures, 12 calendar illustrations.
Artist: Master of the Getty Epistles.
The illustrations are almost identical and by the same workshop as those in a Book of Hours in London, British Library, Add. 35318.
The manuscripts by the Master of the Getty Epistles form a subgroup of Horae produced by the 1520s Hours workshop.
Revised: 2015

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