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...
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 from an open book. To the left, two mourners draped in black. The image and text are enclosed on three sides (not at the top) by an elaborate gold-leaf cross-hatch frame with spaces filled in colors. Latin text written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink, red rubrics. 2 columns of 20 lines of text. Writing lines in light plummet. Psalm incipits 2- to 3-line blue with white highlights and infill of white vine with leaves in colors on gold background. Liturgical initials 1-line blue or pale pink, with infill and colors as with Psalm initials. Half-page miniature attributed to the below the text, but still within the cross-hatch frame, a grisaille vignette of a dog chasing a sheep and a rabbit. Full border on recto and verso of black vines and gold leaves. On verso, ¾ gilt-fillet frame around text with lower corner florets in colors.
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:  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).  Catalogued in his collection as Beatty Western MS.104.
Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski
French (Paris?), Medieval (Gothic), about 1410
- Illuminator Luçon Master, French, active 1390–1417