Douce 144 Group


Oxford, Douce 144  

folio 28v

folio 1

f. 2v


folio 5v

folio 44

folio 52

folio 63

folio 68v

folios 69v-70

folio 72v

folio 76v

folio 80v

folio 105

folio 108v

folio 109

folio 110

folio 111v

folios 119v-120

folio 122

folio 122v

detail of folio 122v

folio 123

Folio 128v

folio 129

folio 131

folio 135

Paris, Arsenal 664  

folio 1v

Mazarine, ms. 406  

folio 7

Compare the design to that of that of the Christmas Vigil in the Très Riches Heures (folio 158v)

Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, MS 260  

f. 27


London, British Library, Add. 30899  

Vienna, ONB, ms. 1840 (1340?), f. 27.

Vienna, ONB, ms. 2657: Jean Petit, Justification du duc de Bourgogne  

Paris, BN, fr. 5733

New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 1044, f. 79v: Gaston Phébus, Livre de la Chasse : Avril has identified the original owner of the Morgan manuscript as Louis, duc d'Orléans, who was assassinated in 1407. Avril has identified a decorator in this manuscript with one of the decorators in the Belles Heures and the decorator of two of the copies of the defense of Jean sans Peur.  

Like Fr. 616's frontispiece, M. 1044's frontispiece has been augmented by an outside border. The inside border which was original was by a different hand than the outside border. The outside border is clearly by the Douce 144 decorator. For the motif in the elaborate staff see König, Bedford Hours, p. 69

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, nouv. acq. fr. 4792: Christine de Pizan, Sept Psaumes. The text was completed between June 1409 when Pope Alexander V was elected and January 1410 when one of the first copies was presented to Jean de Berry as an étrennes gift. See Album Christine de Pizan, no. 51, pp.680-685 (there the decoration is attributed to Petrus Gilberti). Folio 1r is the only border the Douce 144 miniature border specialist did in the manuscript.

f. 1r

f. 1r detail


Philadelphia, Free Library, Widener 6  

f. 29

f. 78v-79

The format of the text page with the staff and quatrefoils comes very close to the decoration of the Belles Heures. The decorator of this page is not one of the Belles Heures' decorators.

(Acanthus decoration on folio 79 can be fairly confidently attributed to the Egerton Master. Note the gold balls and tendrils which come very close to the decoration of Egerton 1070 (see British Library digital entry). The gold balls are a possible connection to the decorative vocabulary of the Master of the Brussels Initials. Such gold balls are found regularly in Italian manuscripts of the 14th century.

f. 114.

f. 137v

(Egerton Decorator)

f. 147v

f. 220v.

(the decoration of this folio can be fairly confidently attributed to the Douce 144 miniature border decorator. The penned line rinceaux is characteristic of this decorator.

detail of f. 220v

Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 2713: Book of Hours The Annunciation is the only miniature left in the manuscript. The text decoration of this page as well as the decoration of the rest of the manuscript can be attributed to the A Master of the Belles Heures. The Limbourg Brothers catalog (pp. 406-7) attributes the miniature to the Mazarine Master. A comparison is made to the St. Maur Hours' Annunciation which is also based on the Belles Heures. I question the attribution to the Mazarine Master. The face of the Angel especially comes close to the young Bedford Master material.


fol. 13: Annunciation

New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, De Levis Hours:  

f. 77