Master of the Gardner Hours - Book of Hours, about 1490-1500

Master of the Gardner Hours (active Bruges, about 1450 - 1500)

Book of Hours, Use of Tournai, about 1490-1500

Ink on parchment, 16.5 x 12.4 cm (6 1/2 x 4 7/8 in.)


Object details

Accession number


Object Case

Book of Hours Case


French and Latin

Publication Place


Binding Description

Red morocco (French, 18th or 19th century)


1 Vol. (162 leaves); 17 cm


Collection of Guillame-Florentin von Salm-Salm, bishop of Tournai (1745-1810).
Probably purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the dealers Shreve, Crump & Lowe, Boston on 24 December 1895 for $100. (as an "Old Missal")


Affixed: bookplate of a Prince Bishop of the Salm-Salm family
Inscribed: "1204" [library no., 18th century]


Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), pp. 13-17.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston: 1935), p. 241. (as French, late 15th century in 18th-century French binding)
Seymour de Ricci and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, Vol. I (New York, 1935), p. 931, no. 4.
Dominique Vanwijnsberghe. "Marketing Books for Burghers: Jean Markant’s Activity in Tournai, Lille, and Bruges" in Elizabeth Morrison and Thomas Kren (eds.). Flemish Manuscript Painting in Context: Recent Research (Los Angeles, 2006), p. 144, fig. 11.14.
Anne-Marie Eze. "Italian Illuminated manuscripts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum." Rivista di storia della miniatura (2012), pp. 91, 94.
University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, no. 42811, accessed 4 November 2016.
Dominique Vanwijnsberghe in Jeffery F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp. 153-45, no. 119, ill. (as Franco-Flemish, probably Lille, about 1490-1500; as illuminated by the Master of the Gardner Hours)

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