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Book of Hours (Use of Rome) – Fragment

Parchment · 1 leaf · 1405 – 1408 CE · Paris, France · 182 x 123 mm
Sydney, Ian Jack Collection,
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Arnold, Edward Augustus (Previous Owner)
Beatty, Alfred Chester (Previous Owner)
Boucicaut Master (Illuminator)
Jarman, John Boykett (Previous Owner)
Provenance: London
Origin: Paris

Leaf from a manuscript once part of the French royal library, known as the Chester Beatty Book of Hours, after the owner who dismembered it. Purchased by the current owner Ian Jack from Folio Fine Art Ltd 13 April 1970 for £18 10s.

Decoration: Text framed by exquisite border decoration: enclosed on three sides by burnished gold staffs sprouting ivy vine scrolls around the margins, the leaves coloured gold, red and blue. Two 2-line and twelve 1-line initials, alternating red and blue on burnished gold grounds, with matching line fillers.

Text: Hours of the Virgin – Sext. Psalm 124 (text beginning partway through second line), and closing with the oration 'Mentes nostras quesumus domine'.

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