Lot 165
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[HEURES] Book of hours in Latin and French for the use of Rouen, a book of standards produced by the joint work of Robert Boyvin and Jean Serpin, Rouen around 1500. In-12, 106 ff. of parchment with 20 long lines (121x182mm) ; in black, blue (calendar), red or gilt ink, red ink rules, modern foliotation at upper corner in pencil, textualis libraria, 12 large miniatures by the Rouen artist Robert Boyvin with frames by Jean Serpin decorated with flowers, fruits, animals and scrolls, painted and gilt bands composed of flowers, fruits and scrolls with alternating compartments of geometric shapes (checkerboard, lozenges, hearts, circles, ribbon, etc.), painted and gilt initials, and a large number of other symbols.), painted and gilded lettering. Romantic binding signed by Hersent : full brown basane with crossbars, spine of five nerves with gilt box, gilt title, boards decorated with triple filleting with flowered irons at the corners and central decoration in the style of Du Seuil, gilt edges slightly chased, gilt roulette and combed paper on the back covers, jaws tired with small lacks, slight lacks at the upper corners (130x190mm). Volume in fine condition: leaves missing after textual collation in the hours of the Virgin at Prime and Compline (see desc. of text); some marginal foxing and miniatures in perfect condition. Elegant book of hours entirely from Rouen illustrated by the "figure painter" Robert Boyvin with 12 miniatures, all also decorated with rich borders by the "illuminator decorator" Jean Serpin. Luxurious copy characteristic of the production of books of hours of the workshop of Robert Boyvin. Text - Calendar : f. 1-12 : in French with partial indications of saints, for the use of Rouen with a base for the use of Paris and Rome, blue, red and gold ink. - Our calendar is very close to the one in the ms. GkS 1609 4° preserved in Copenhagen for the use of Rouen (around 1510) studied by Drigsdahl (see CHD). Numerous feasts are in gold letters, 44 in all: two Norman saints are part of it, Saint Michiel and Saint Roumain - One notes numerous feasts particularly observed in Rouen and in Normandy: January 30: The translation Saincte Anne, February 1: Saint Sever, February 9: Saint Ausbert (rubr.), February 10: Saincte Austreberte, April 9: Saint Hugues (rubr.), June 8: Saint Godart, July 8: Saint Evod, June 12: the translation St Ursin (rubr. Nov. 17 : Saint Aignan, Nov. 24 : Saint Godegram, Dec. 3 : the translation of the relics to Rouen (rubr.), Dec. 30 : Saint Ursin (rubr.) - Gospel pericopes : f. 13-23 - Hours of the Virgin : f-24-64 : in Latin for the use of Rouen - f.24-32 : Matins f.24-32 : Matins - f.33-42 : Lauds - f.43-46 : Prime ; first leaves missing (including the miniature of the Nativity(?)), the hour begins in the middle of psalm 1 " Et erit... ". - f.46-48 : Tierce - f.49-50 : Sexte - f.51-53 : None - f.54-55 : Vespers - Compline : f.56-58, first leaves missing (among which the miniature of Jesus among the teachers(?)), the hour begins in the middle of psalm 12 "[/]tabunt si motus fuero..." - Hours of the Cross: f.59-61. - Hours of the Holy Spirit : f.62-72. - Penitential Psalms : f-65-73. - Litany : f.74-78. Note Mellon, Aubert, Romane, Sever, Vandregisile, Vulfranne and Austreberte. - Office des morts : f.79-100 : in Latin according to the use of Rouen, following the statement of Knud Ottosen : order of the answers (14,72,24-32,57,40-68,82,38). - Prayer : f.101-106 : oration relative to the Annunciation : " Missus est Gabriel angelus ad Mariam virginem ... ". This is followed by a long series of invocations interspersed with Ave Maria and Dominus tecum. Iconography The present manuscript is illustrated with : 12 miniatures framed with a wide border decorated with flowers, fruits, animals and scrolls introducing each of the liturgical pieces; marginal bands with compartments; and gray-white painted lettering on a gilded background. The full-page miniatures all seem to come from the Rouen workshops of Robert Boyvin and Jean Serpin and were produced at the turn of the 16th century. The common presence of the two artists, Robert Boyvin for the historiated miniatures and Jean Serpin for the borders, supports this attribution. Several manuscripts attest to their joint work and there is even evidence of their collaboration in the archives of the time. Indeed, both their names are attested in the accounts and expenses of Cardinal George I d'Amboise, archbishop of Rouen, for whom they jointly produced in 1503 a leaf in the Epistles of Seneca (Paris, BnF, Lat 8551, f. 4r). Robert Boyvin Great success at the end of the 15th century with more than 80 manuscripts
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