Extremely colorful and resplendent with burnished gold leaf, the tiny book features fifteen miniatures and ten lively vignettes of the Labors of the Months in the calendar, each set within pinnacled Gothic niches and surrounded in the margins by elaborate decorative motifs and fantastical hybrid creatures. Illuminated in the vicinity of St. Omer near the Franco-Flemish border, the Sellers Hours was produced for Sarum Use, featuring particular texts and devotions to local saints preferred by English owners, including a rare memorial to St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury and an illustration for devotion to the English martyr Thomas, Earl of Lancaster.
BRMS 13. Book of Hours. Use of Sarum. Flanders or Northern France (St. Omer?), ca. 1325–1330. Illuminated manuscript on vellum.
Illuminated manuscript on vellum
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