Book of Hours

Accession number: 
MS M.291
Book of Hours
Tours and Paris, France, between ca. 1500-ca. 1510.
French 17th-century brown morocco, gold tooled with semis of double C's and barred S; in brown case by Marguerite Duprez Lahey.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), 1907.
112 leaves (1 column, 27 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 185 x 123 mm
Francoys Salvandy, Paris, 1567 (flyleaf); Catherine Belot wife of Sebastian Hardy, Le Mans, (flyleaf);1602. Genealogies of the Belot and Hardy families on fols. 107-112; sale by Sotheby (London, Mar. 15, 1907, no. 460, plate) to Belin; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Théophile Belin in 1907; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Ms. book of hours for the use of Rome (Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead); written and illuminated in Tours or Paris, France, between ca.1500-1510.
Decoration: 11 large miniatures, 1 small miniature, 1 drawing on a flyleaf of escutcheon of arms of France and Brittany, possibly added in the 17th centruy.
Artists: Jean Bourdichon and workshop; 3 miniatures by Jean Pichore (formerly called the Master of Morgan 85) on fols. 66r, 68r and 70r.
This manuscript may have been started in the 1490s in Tours where Bourdichon had his workshop, but it was finished in Paris where Pichore worked from about 1502. The Raising of Lazarus (fol. 70r), one of the three illustrations by Pichore, is based on a composition by the Touraine artist Jean Poyer in the Briçonnet Hours (Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Ms. 78, fol. 83) illustrated between 1483 and 1491 in Tours. Pichore's other two illustrations, the Crucifixion (fol. 66r, and Pentecost (fol. 68r) are close to his compositions for these subjects in Morgan M. 85 and a Book of Hours printed after his designs by Gillet Hardouin in 1509-10. See Zöhl, Jean Pichore, 2004, fig. 175.
Revised: 2015

Latin and Middle French