Bookofhours-NUSKUWAY25

16th Century French Renaissance 2-Sided Book of Hours Leaf

A rare and breathtaking, two-sided Renaissance Book of Hours Leaf, depicting the Adoration of the Christ Child, with brilliant hand illumination, refined decorative borders and historiated or inhabited surrounds

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  • Philippe Pigouchet and Nicolas Higman, Europe, France, Renaissance, ca. 1512 CE. A rare and breathtaking, two-sided Renaissance Book of Hours leaf, depicting the Adoration of the Christ Child, with brilliant hand illumination, refined decorative borders and historiated or inhabited surrounds executed by the artist Philippe Pigouchet, produced by Nicolas Higman for Simon Vostre in Paris. The description of this example written by Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts expert Charles Edwin Puckett, reads as follows, “Original leaf from an important printed and hand-illuminated Book of Hours, produced by Nicolas Higman for Simon Vostre. Ruled Latin text (Use of Rome), printed in red and black on animal vellum. Initials, paragraph markers and endings illuminated by hand in gold, on grounds of blue and/or magenta. Noted for its decorative borders, the paneled surrounds are historiated (containing identifiable scenes or figures) or inhabited – executed by Philippe Pigouchet. Provenance: ex C.W. Dyson-Perrins collection, Paris, c. 1512. The large gold “D” begins the Hour of Vespers of the Hour of the Virgin: “Deus in adiutorium meum intende . . . ” (God come to my assistance . . .). The hymnus is “Ave maris stella . . .” (Gentle Star of the ocean. Portal of the sky. Ever Virgin Mother of the Lord Most High . . ). The highly intricate side panel depicts the Adoration of the Christ Child. Books of Hours are personal prayer books of a devout and status-conscious society – not only works of art, but cultural documents of their time. They reveal a unique combination of sacred and secular imagery – made of the finest materials, by the best craftsmen, for a small audience which could both appreciate and afford them. In purpose and format, printed Books of Hours followed the older manuscript examples. The more luxurious were printed on vellum, as is this specimen.” Matted. Size: 7.375″ L x 4.625″ W (18.7 cm x 11.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-M. Reiniger Estate, Chicago, IL; Ex-C.W. Dyson-Perrins collection, Paris; Ex-Charles Edwin Puckett Illuminated Manuscripts, Akron, OH. Intact with expected aging and worn edges.

    Provenance: Ex-M. Reiniger Estate, Chicago, IL; Ex-C.W. Dyson-Perrins collection, Paris; Ex-Charles Edwin Puckett Illuminated Manuscripts, Akron, OH.

  • Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts

    Origin

    France

    Other

    Matted

    Subject

    Religious Text

    Support

    Vellum