BOOK OF HOURS LEAF Ref 323 verso
Ref 323 (folio 55) and 324 (folio 56)are both leaves from the same Book of Hours.
These are leaves with historiated initials from a Book of Hours produced in Bruges, Southern Netherlands c.1465.
The text is from the devotions to the cross and the passion of Jesus Christ. On folio no.55 they are: -
A hymn to the Head of Christ and the crown of thorns (Ave caput inclinatum);
A hymn to the wound in the right hand (Ad vulnus dextre manus domini nostri); and
A hymn to the wound in the left hand (Ad vulnus sinistre manus).
Where found, these texts are in Books of Hours that were produced for the English market, i.e. for the Use of Sarum.
The size of each leaf is 195mm x 145-150mm (7 7/10ins. x 5 7/10ins.-5 9/10ins.).
The leaves are from a Book of Hours that was Lot 16 at Christie’s, London, sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts on 15 November 2006 and which sold for £21,600 including buyer’s premium. It was purchased by Neumann-Walter. The provenance in the catalogue description identified the illumination as being in the style of Willem Vrelant, active in Bruges from at least 1454 until his death in 1481 and the “Use” of the Offices of the Virgin and the Dead being of Sarum. There were English additions on the pastedowns. The leading miniaturist of this Book of Hours seems to have been Willem Vrelant’s chief assistant, named the Master of the Vraie cronique descoce, from the manuscript now Brussels, KBR ms 9469-70.
GENERAL COMMENTS: -
These are two leaves that are in excellent condition from a Book of Hours made specifically for the English market in one of the well known Bruges workshops of the third quarter of the fifteenth century. It has not been possible to find out anything about the Master of the Vraie cronique descoce on the Internet.