Two leaves from a Book of Hours
, production, Germany, Southern Germany
leaf (manuscript); sub-category
book of hours; type of text
sixteenth century, first quarter
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 168 x 102 (110 x 59) mm, 19 long lines, ruled in ink.
fol. 43v Memoria of St Erasmus;
fol. 44r Memoria of St Philip.
DECORATION: Two full-page framed miniatures with strewn-flower borders including birds and insects:
fol. 43v St Erasmus in pontifical dress seated and reading, windlass leaning against lectern;
fol. 44v St James the Less or St Philip with cross and open book.
ORNAMENTATION: fol. 43r liquid gold initial [3 ll.] shaped of dragons on blue ground, full border with putti, dancing bear, nude playing pipe, branchwork and strapwork; fol. 44r liquid gold initial [3 ll.] shaped of dragins on blue ground, pink initial [2 ll.] on liquid gold ground, and full border with greyhound wearing collar inscribed APH attacking cat, branchwork and strapwork.
height, page, 168, mm
width, page, 102, mm
height, text, 110, mm
width, text, 59, mm
given; 1957; Paine, B.F.W.
leaves kept in the autograph album of Phillis M. Ellis, daughter of the antiquarian bookseller Frederick S. Ellis (1830 – 1901); B.F.W. Paine; his gift, 1957.
Paine, B.F.W.; previous owner
Ellis, Phillis M.; previous owner
Another leaf from the same Book of Hours was lot 266 at Sotheby’s, London, 10 July 1968, purchased by Alan G. Thomas (his catalogue 21, no. 10). In the original manuscript, it would have followed MS 1-1957, fol. 44, as its recto contained the Memoria of St James the Less.
Wormald, F.. Giles, P.M.. 1982. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Additional Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Musuem Acquired between 1895-1979 (excluding the McClean Collection).England: Cambridge University Pressp. 515 - 16
Object Number: MS 1-1957 f.43-44
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 170627; input: 2010-01-19; modified: 2012-08-30)