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BOOK OF HOURS (USE OF GEERT GROTE); Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Dutch
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ASSUMPTION MASTER AND THE RARE MONKEY MASTER, WITH COLORFUL, HIGHLY CONTRASTED ILLUSTRATION AND RICH MARGINAL DETAIL. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Dutch, The Netherlands, South Holland, c. 1480-90. Dimensions 130 x 100 mm. 327 ff., written in Dutch in a GOTHIC BOOKHAND by several scribes, 2- TO 3-LINE INITIALS in brown touched with gold, 3- TO 6-LINE INITIALS in gold set on red, 7-LINE INITIALS in gold, blue, red, orange, green, and violet paint, touched with white, FULL PAGE MINIATURES on inserted singletons with arched compartments painted in blue, red, green, purple, and orange, with burnished gold, set on PAINTED BORDERS. BINDING: Bound in a near-contemporary (16th century) blind-tooled paneled calf binding with six raised bands, both clasps and front hardware lost. ILLUSTRATION It includes seven miniatures by the Assumption Master and charming borders by an exceedingly rare artist, the so-called Monkey Master (or Master of the Anecdotal Monkeys). He takes his name from the monkeys that cavort in many of his borders. His style is further characterized by the presence of many other drolleries in his densely filled borders - foxes and dogs with cowls, peacocks, etc. - as well as the bulbous eggplant-like ("aubergine") forms. His richly colored palette is strong and highly contrasted, and his style of drawing is sharp and linear. This is a key work by an artist, the Monkey Master, known in a small group of manuscripts of which only two contain miniatures. The seven miniatures in the present manuscript more than double the artist's known oeuvre. PROVENANCE: once owned by Gerard Vanius, his MS K (inscribed "No. K ex libris Gerardi Vanij" in the top right corner of f. 1r), then it was in a private collection in France, and then a private collection in the United States. CONDITION: Very lightly rubbed in small areas, in clean and fresh condition. Full description and pictures available. (BOH 141)
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