Decorating A Small Office

decorating a small office
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BOOK OF HOURS LEAF Ref 138 verso Office of the Dead
BOOK OF HOURS LEAF Ref 138 verso Office of the Dead
The text is the opening of the Office of the Dead (for the Use of Paris) from a Book of Hours probably produced in Paris c.1440. The size of the leaf is 181mm x 121mm (7 1/10ins. x 4 19/20ins.). In the outside corner of the recto is the ownership stamp of Count Nicholai Alexandrovich Bezborodkov (see provenance below). MINIATURE OF A BURIAL SCENE this miniature is one of several standard pictures that could be chosen to be placed at the opening of the Office of the Dead. It depicts a corpse in a stitched shroud about to be placed in a freshly dug grave. The burial is special in the combination of an outdoor grave and an indoor stage setting with roof and windows. It is difficult to give it a more exact description. It is probably as close to the Bedford Master's workshop as you could ever get. The artist had a fine hand in the drawing of the eyes, and it will perhaps be possible to group some miniatures around him. There are three distinct groups of people within the miniature - the clergy, the mourners and the gravediggers. To the left of the miniature stand the priest and his assistants. The priest is dressed in a mauve cassock, and a white surplus over which he wears a blue cope edged in red with gold decoration. He reads from a red book the cover of which is decorated with what appear to be red bosses. He is tonsured and is therefore probably a monk. Behind the priest is a monk, also tonsured, in white habit and next to him is an acolyte in white who carries a gold cross. To the right of the miniature is a group of three mourners. Two are wearing black habits, the other grey. They look suitably sorrowful even though they would have been paid onlookers rather than the family of the dead person. At the bottom two bearded rustics place the body into the open grave which they will have previously dug. The one at the head wears a mauve shift, grey trousers and hat and black boots. The one at the feet wears an orange shift with large blue collar, grey trousers, mauve hat and black boots. PROVENANCE: - This is one of the three large miniatures that still remained in the Book of Hours that was Lot 61 in the Sotheby's Western Manuscripts and Miniatures Sale in London on 5th. December 2000. The provenance ascribed to that Book of Hours was: - 1. "De la Bibliotheque de Mr Jourdan Secretaire de Mgnr l'ancien Eveque de Limoges Precpteur des Enfants de France" (18th-century armorial bookplate on upper pastedown). 2. Various 18th- and 19th-century Russian libraries: with a printed paper label of a library, inscribed with the number "14028"; a large bookplate engraved with an elaborate monogram and inscribed with the number "2129", overlaid by a small paper label printed with a blue border and printed with the number "16610"; fol. 1r and inscribed top left in blue ink "7758", crossed through in pencil and corrected to "3282"; the lower pastedown with further printed labels, one printed with a number starting "14[…]", the remainder torn away, the other with the numbers "220" and "4" in pencil. 3. Count Nicholai Alexandrovich Bezborodkov , with his small blue ink stamp in the margin of each page with a miniature (cf. Sotheby's, 11th. December 1979, colour frontispiece), and his large blue armorial library stamp on fo. 1r. The artists of the Book of Hours sold at Sotheby's in 1979 (now in the Royal Library, The Hague), have been named the 'Bezborodko Masters' after that manuscript. 4. Christie's, 7th. December 1988, lot 22, with colour and black and white plates. GENERAL COMMENTS: - This is a superb leaf of the highest quality in almost perfect condition produced at a time when the Bedford Master had great influence. The mark of Count Bezborodkov is a bibliophile rarity, it will always add a little extra to the importance.
Office Desk
Office Desk
My office is really small and the L-shaped desk takes up a lot of space. The walls are barren because I don't get to use this office that often, and I know it will be taken from me because of new faculty hires.

decorating a small office
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