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This magnificent Book of Hours (Use of Paris) was executed for Prigent
de Coëtivy (1400-50), who was Admiral of France and, next to the Duc de
Berry, one of the greatest book-collectors of the period. The 148
miniatures are mainly attributed to the 'Master of the Duke of Bedford'
or 'Bedford Master', the chief illuminator of the time, whose Paris
workshop produced masterpieces for wealthy patrons. His name is derived
form a breviary made by him for John, Duke of Bedford, brother of King
Henry V of England, now in the British Library. Each page is surrounded
by an elaborate border, in which all kinds of activity take place,
including infants chasing each other in mobile play-pens while monkeys
ride on the backs of dogs. These drolleries are not static scenes
limited to one page but continue over several pages, as one chase is
replaced by another. The borders, executed by at least two assistants,
one now known as the Coëtivy Master, combine with the miniatures to
form one of the greatest works of art in the Chester Beatty Library.
Created circa 1443.