A French-Italian Fusion: the Pforzheimer Book of Hours
Jacopo Ravaldi (Master of the della Rovere Missals) and another artist from the circle of Jean Bourdichon (Jean Letiboniet?), Italy, Rome, c. 1480
This work was manufactured in Rome for a high-ranking member of the Vatican, possibly for cardinal Gianstefano Ferrero (c. 1474-1510), as indicated by a selection of miniatures that include a coat of arms resembling the Ferrero escutcheon.
420'000,- CHF (VAT not included)
Manuscript in Latin on vellum.
176 x 110 mm. 226 leaves (last 2 blank), complete. 12 large miniatures within architectural borders
Once part of the Carl H. Pforzheimer collection: one of the finest libraries ever assembled in America
This is an immensely important and hitherto unrecorded manuscript, illuminated by the Master of the Della Rovere Missals. This talented Master provided the five lush Renaissance borders and one beautiful miniature (f. 146v Death seated on a tombstone within a landscape).
The remaining miniatures are by a French assistant of the above Master, who deployed French models and a naturalistic style. This could be Jean Letiboniet, whose style recalls that of Jean Bourdichon. Also wonderful are the trompe l’œil windows with shadows around the opening, which gives more depth to the miniatures, and engages the viewer anew.
This Book of Hours was likely made in Rome, and thus demonstrates a fascinating fusion of Italian and French features.