MS 44: Book of Hours (Use of Sens), c 1400
List of illuminations:
- Fol. 17. Matins. Annunciation. Fine miniature. Virgin with halo stands to the L. under a canopy of scarlet and gold. Head of Deity in cloud of cherubim speaking. S. Gabriel, scarlet-winged with lily rod, kneels before her ; fine diapered ground, blue and gold. The initial below has a Virgin and Child. In the corners of the ivy-leaf border are three winged angels, each with a stringed instrument (harp, violin, zither). This border has a piece of fine grisaille work showing a hound coursing a hare.
- Fol. 30. Visitation. Visitation. Red and gold chequer ground. Mary and Elizabeth meet on the top of a pale yellow mountain.
- Fol. 44. Prime. Blue and gold scroll ground. Virgin in scarlet bed with curtain, Child cross-nimbed in manger, ox and ass feeding, S. Joseph stirring a posset over a brazier.
- Fol. 50 verso. Terce. The Angel and the Shepherds. Three shepherds with crooks like hockey-sticks, dog and sheep on a pale yellow conical mountain against blue sky. Angel with scroll.
- Fol. 55 verso. Sext.. Adoration of the Magi. Blue and gold diaper ground. Two kings crowned, one kneeling with crown off, another carrying box ; one of the kings points to a star.
- Fol. 60. None. Presentation. Red and gold scroll ground. Simeon takes Child from Virgin. S. Anastasia with the doves, S. Joseph.
- Fol. 64 verso. Vespers. Flight. Blue and gold diaper ground. Virgin and Child on white ass, Joseph with bundle; hilly road of a pale yellow colour.
- Fol. 72. Compline. Red and gold chequer ground. Virgin and Christ crowned and nimbed, seated together on yellow seat.
- Fol. 79 Penitential Psalms. Red and gold chequer ground. Our Lord in glory, with gold nimbus and cross, the orb in left hand, the right hand raised in blessing, seated on a throne. In the background, one on either side, are two altars, of pale magenta colour, without frontals, the fronts having each a single large sunk panel without ornament. Low reredoses rise behind, panelled and coloured exactly like the front. The altar on the right has a linen cloth with stripes across the end and falling slightly over the edge of the altar in front. About the same height as the reredos, and leaning against it, arc what seem to be intended for two Tables of the Law, thus indicating that the altar represents the Jewish Church. The altar on the left has a similar linen cloth, but with fringed end and double stripes, upon which stands a large gold chalice with mullet-shaped foot, covered with a folded corporal upon which lies a circular object apparently intended for the Host. This represents the Christian Church.
- Fol. 98 verso. Hours of the Cross. Crucifixion. Blue and gold chequer.
- Fol. 102. verso. Hours of the Holy Ghost. Pentecost. Blue and gold diaper ground. The Twelve Apostles with S. Peter and S. Paul in front, a Trinity in the cloud above (Father and Son holding chalice, the Dove between).
- Fol. 107. Fifteen Joys. Virgin and Child. Blue and gold scroll.
- Fol. 114. Seven Requests. Blue and gold scroll ground. Christ throned on rainbow, blue robe, cross-nimbus, showing wounds.
- Fol. 119. Service of the Dead. Blue and gold chequer ground. Coffin in centre with pointed top covered with scarlet herse-cloth embroidered with gold. The ends of the two wooden stools upon which the coffin rests are seen projecting from beneath the herse-cloth, which falls between them in heavy folds. Round the upper part of the herse-cloth at the edge of the coffin lid is a deep red and gold fringe, and a large white cross is attached to the middle of the herse-cloth lying along the ridge of the coffin lid, falling over it at the ends and at the sides, but not reaching to the border of the cloth. This cross appears to be represented as attached to the herse-cloth only for part of its length. Around the coffin stands the unusual number of six brass candlesticks holding short yellow tapers lighted. A brass holy water stock and sprinkler are also standing on the floor. Beyond the coffin a group of three clergy in black copes with gold orphreys are standing singing from a book on a wooden desk. The desk is on a movable arm, adjustable as regards height upon a wooden screw at the top of the stand. One of the clergy is wearing large spectacles. Behind is a group of mourners in black cloaks and hoods.
- c 1400
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
1 bound MS volume
Binding: Modem black morocco, tooled, ' Heures Manuscrit sur Velin.'
Collation: a12, b4, c8 - i8, k6, l8 - A8, B6 (3 blank leaves) =196.
- Choillot family, fl 16th century (Former owner, Family)
- Mackay, Aeneas James George, 1839-1911 (Scottish lawyer, academic and antiquarian collector) (Donor, Person)