Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry, 1405–1408/9. Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg (Franco-Netherlandish, active in France by 1399–1416). French; Made in Paris. Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on vellum; 9 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (23.8 x 16.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1954 (54.1.1).
Ex Libris of the Duke of Berry, Folio 1r
Les Heures Fist faire. Très / Excellent et Puissant Prince Jehan / Fils de Roy de France. Duc de Berry / Et dauvergne Conte de Poitou destampes / De Bouloingne Et dauvergne / Flamel
This is the exact text on this page written in a florid documentary hand by the duke’s secretary, Jean Flamel, identifying the owner of the manuscript, called a Belles Heures in one of the inventories of Jean de Berry. The English translation of the text is: “The Hours was made for the most excellent and powerful prince Jean, son of the king of France, duke of Berry and of Auvergne, count of Poitou, of Estampes, of Boulogne and of Auvergne / Flamel”