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The Burial, Office of the Dead (Leaf from a Book of Hours)

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A single leaf from a Book of Hours, with a half-page miniature attributed to the Luçon Master (active 1390-1417): in a blue-vaulted church, a black coffin with a gold cross sits in a stone frame, surrounded by candelabras. At a lectern behind the coffin, three tonsured and blue-robed monks sing...

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Possibly made for Margaret of Bavaria (1363-1424), wife of John the Fearless of Burgundy, the nephew of the duc de Berry [see note 1]. 1916, sold at Sotheby's, London, July 20, lot 954 and bought by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) [see note 2]. The manuscript was broken up and the individual illuminations mounted and framed separately (twelve miniatures and twelve text leaves were preserved). 1968, the present leaf and four other miniatures were sold at the Chester Beatty sale, Sotheby's, London, December 3, lot 23, and bought by Herbert Bier, bookdealer, London; 1969, sold by Bier to John Goelet; 1973, given to the MFA by John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski. (Accession date: January 9,1974) NOTES: [1] Another illumination from the same Book of Hours is a miniature of St. Margaret. The posthumous inventory of Margaret of Bavaria lists three books of hours, including the "Tres Belles Heures of the duc de Berry" and two "Petites Heures de Nostre Dame" of which the Luçon Master Hours may be one (see Barrois). [2] Catalogued in his collection as Beatty Western MS.104.

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Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

French (Paris?), Medieval (Gothic), about 1410

Place of Manufacture

Paris, France


Overall (page dimensions): 18.4 x 13.6 cm (7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink and gold leaf on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts