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Creator Name: d'Orquevaulx, Henri
Creator Qualifier: or Workshop
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: c. 1380 - 1439
Creator Name-CRT: Henri d'Orquevaulx
Title: Ten Leaves from a Book of Hours: Annunciation to the Shepherds
Title Type: Primary
Title: Annunciation to the Shepherds: Leaf from a Book of Hours
Title Type: Former
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1415
Creation End Date: 1435
Creation Date: c. 1420-1430
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Dimensions: Each leaf: 16.1cm x 12.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.128
Credit Line: The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
Provenance: Jehan de Poncy and his wife, Marguerite, ca. 1539; Bartlett Gurney of Norwich (d. 1803); bequeathed by him to his aunt Catherine Gurney; given by her in 1808 to Rev. Edward Edwards of Lynn, Norfolk (d. 15 March 1849); bequeathed by him to William Hay Gurney of North Princeton, nephew of Catherine Gurney and godson of Edwards; dismembered leaves from the original manuscript have appeared with Edward R. Lubin, New York; all the above leaves [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]
Context: Henri d'Orquevaulx or Workshop(France, Metz)Ten Leaves from a Book of Hours,Annunciation to the Shepherds (Office of the Virgin, Terce)[Cat. no. 31 (CMA 1999.128)]about 1420-30Ink, tempera, and gold on vellumThe Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection [Cat. nos. 29-38]This group of leaves and numerous others now in private collections survive from what must have been an extraordinarily rich book of hours. The elaborate Passion cycle and suffrages point to an important commission. Evidence within the calendar and texts suggests that Metz was probably the place of production. Situated on the Moselle River, Metz was the cultural and commercial capital of Lorraine during the 15th century, as well as the location of an important bishopric. It was thus the center of a growing book trade.The illuminations appear to come from the workshop of Henri d'Orquevaulx, a documented Metz manuscript painter. Little is known about d'Orquevaulx's life or career. Compositionally, structurally, as well as stylisti-cally, the miniatures suggest strong links to Netherlandish illumination. Details such as the tub, ewer, towel, and fireplace in the Nativity, are typical of the northern love of crowded and unusual compositions, as well as domestic details. It is not known whether d'Orquevaulx came originally from the Netherlands or whether he simply worked or trained there at some point in his career.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.128
AMICA Library Year: 2001
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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