REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF A PERFECTLY PRESERVED PARISIAN RENAISSANCE BOOK WITH BINDING, CLASPS, AND PICTURES ALL INTACT
Book of Hours (Use of Rome)
In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript, on parchment
France, Paris, c. 1500
14 large miniatures and 23 small miniatures from the workshop of Jean Coene IV (=Master of the Paris Entries)
Few Books of Hours survive in their original bindings, because they were well-handled, sometimes worn out, and often customized by successive owners. In its unrepaired blind-stamped leather binding with original clasps (and remnants of purple velvet chemise), this manuscript is therefore exceptional. Wide margins, rich coloring, and beautiful script all signal a luxury production painted by an artist, the Master of the Paris Entries, who worked on commission for figures in the court circle.