The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Manuscript cutting
  • Manuscript cutting
  • Attributed to Maître de Coëtivy
  • France
  • c. 1460 - 1470
  • Gouache, ink and gold on vellum
  • Height: 24.1 cm
    Width: 16.5 cm
  • Inscription: 'se jai bien entendu' In gold
    Inscription: 'O tu home pourquoi te plain tu de moi' In gold
    Inscription: 'Et note a que cest figure de bon disciple…'
    Inscription: Beginning of the rubric of Book II, and initial 'E' In ink and gold
  • M320
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This is a cutting from an illuminated manuscript of the late Roman consul Boethius’s celebrated work On the Consolations of Philosophy. The frontispiece to Book II, the illustration shows Boethius in a pink robe listening to instruction from the female figure of Philosophy. To the right Fortune turns a wheel on which are four figures, including a king with a crown. This miniature and another in the Wallace Collection, the frontispiece to Book III, are attributed to the Maître de Coëtivy, named after a Book of Hours made for Oliver de Coëtivy and his wife, Marie Marguerite de Valois, 1458-73 (Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek).