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Book of Hours (Use of Paris)

In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France, Paris, c.1490
With 13 full-page miniatures, 2 large miniatures and 24 calendar miniatures by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse (active in Paris, c. 1493-c. 1510)


This striking Book of Hours contains miniatures by an accomplished and prolific artist named the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse after a manuscript he painted for Jean de Chabannes (Paris, BnF, MS Clairambaut 481). The miniatures are painted in vibrant colors with ample use of gold brush, with highly original geometric or foliate frames.

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Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)

In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France, Normandy (Lisieux, Sées?), c. 1480
6 historiated initials, 7 small miniatures, 8 square miniatures, 10 arch-topped miniatures, 1 full-page miniature by two unidentified artists


This imposing Book of Hours, richly illuminated with a remarkable series of miniatures, presents
a num
ber of intriguing questions. It defies precise localization, although it was undoubtedly
made in Normandy, its liturgical use is Rouen, and the miniaturists were familiar with Rouen
illumination.

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Book of Hours (Use of Evreux)

In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France, Paris or Rouen (?) c. 1500
With 15 full-page miniatures, 10 small miniatures and 24 calendar miniatures by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse and a second unidentified artist from Rouen.


The Chronique Scandaleuse Master is easily recognizable for his figures with porcelain faces, large, heavy eyelids with a grey-toned emphasis on the eyebrow arch, greatly sculpted cheeks of pink shaded with grey and conspicuous plump red lips. His fifteen full page miniatures and eight of the small miniatures are accompanied by the vibrant and diverse bordures of the Rouennais artist who fills the margins with approximately three hundred exciting and diverse drolleries.

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About us

This site presents Books of Hours, the medieval “bestseller,” for sale by Les Enluminures.

It includes full descriptions and images for every Book of Hours on the site. Examples represent a wide range of Books of Hours available on the market, manuscripts made in France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Italy and dating from c. 1400 to c. 1540. Some printed Books of Hours are included. Tutorials offer tools for learning more about Books of Hours. Visitors can search by artist, country, date, price range, and reference number.

Explore the enduring fascination Books of Hours held for their owners, then and now.

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