Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.61
Book of Hours
Rouen, France, 1525.
French 18th-century red morocco, gold-tooled.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
111 leaves (1 column, 26 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 171 x 115 mm
Arms of unidentified original owner in the borders: quarterly: 1-4, argent under an oak tree proper, two pigs sable feeding; azure a stag's head or, between the horns a human head of the second with a crown (or fleur-de-lis) above it, with the motto: ROSE APRES LIVER; Abbé de Rothelin sale (Paris, 1746, no. 261 or 269); Richard Bennett; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 42; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Orléans (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in Rouen, France, in 1525 (calendar begins this year).
Decoration: 21 large miniatures, 19 small miniatures, 12 calendar illustrations by the Master of the Ango Hours. Two additional miniatures by the workshop of the Virgil Master ca. 1400, were at one time stuck to flyleaf and are now housed separately. One is of the Nativity, with Joseph (?), nimbed, kneeling at the Virgin's feet, and another bearded figure (Joseph?) seated on the ground. It is not clear which of the two male figures is Joseph. (MS M.61a.1). The other represents St. Peter, full face, between two groups of men, three or four of whom appear to be Canons, wearing almuces; the others are civilians (MS M.61a.2).
Artist: Master of the Ango Hours.
Revised: 2015

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