A roundly acclaimed Book of Hours 

On 20 November 2017, by Anne Doridou-Heim
Follower of the Master of the Burgundian Prelates, late 15th century, manuscript Book of Hours with 90 pages on vellum, embellished with fifty miniatures, two full-page (one reproduced here: "Death and the Horsemen at the Foot of a Cross") in an in-8o volume.
Result: €177,246

Combining the furniture of a private mansion and two European collections, the sale fulfilled its promises by totalling €1,200,547, while producing a few surprises. For a start, to deal with the slight downside straightaway, the kneehole desk in engraved brass and red tortoiseshell marquetry attributed to Bernard I Van Riesen Burgh failed to find a buyer, despite its impeccable traceability as part of the furniture from the Château de La Roche-Guyon, and the seeming interest of a major Paris museum. However, the lion's share of the high-quality programme was roundly acclaimed, particularly this late 15th-century Book of Hours from Burgundy, illustrated by a follower of the Master of the Burgundian Prelates (active c. 1470-1490) with 50 miniatures (one is reproduced here). This garnered €177,246, multiplying its estimate by ten.
At €75,840, a painting by Nicolau Antonio Facchinetti (1824-1900) of a luxuriant Brazilian landscape confirmed a high demand for views of this South American country, even dating from the 19th century. Lastly, a pair of tapestries belonging to the celebrated series of hangings known as the "Grotesques with yellow background and dawn pink or white ground border" brought the curtain down with €132,984. Their model, one of the most iconic tapestries produced by the Royal Manufactory of Beauvais in the late 17th century, reworked several times, was woven after a cartoon by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699), itself based on designs by Louis XIV's ornamentist, Jean I Bérain (1640-1711). Leading American and European museums can be proud of possessing one or more of these pieces.

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