Private Library - Unknown Owner, ex-Phillipps MS 6739
(Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais)
|Produced:||France, Late 13th century|
|Location:||Private Library - Unknown Owner|
|Author:||Pierre de Beauvais|
|Illustrator:||Master of the Livre de Madame Marie|
|Dimensions:||Height: 18.4 cm Width: 12.6 cm|
Formerly in the private collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), location now unknown. Sold by Sotheby's in 2007 to an undisclosed buyer.
This manuscript has the long version (71 chapters) of the Bestiaire of Pierre de Beauvais. It is fully illustrated with seventy-two miniatures of animals and birds, painted in full colours within panel frames without gold.
The style belongs in the clearly defined group of manuscripts associated with the Master of the Livre de Madame Marie, painter of Paris, BnF, ms. n.a. fr.16251 ... and his collaborator "Henri l'enlumineur" ... Characteristic features of the workshop include the deep blue or pompeian red grounds and the very striking faces in profile, with big eyes, flat foreheads and tiny mouths, sometimes with jutting chins (as here, for example, on fols.25v, 29v, 30r, etc.); even many animals share these characteristics. The artists probably worked in Mons, possibly Cambrai, partly under the patronage of Gauthier d'Enghein and his well-read third wife, Marie de Rethel (d.1315). The workshop specialised in secular texts, romances of chivalry, wonders of the orient (BnF, ms. fr.15106), another Bestiary (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 14970), Richard de Fournival's Bestiaire d'Amour (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, fr. 412), and similar texts. The group even includes another French language Bestiary, Bibliothèque Municipale de Douai, MS 711, from Anchin Abbey... - [Adapted from the Sotheby's sale catalog]
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