Rothschild Prayerbook

The Rothschild Prayerbook or Rothschild Hours (both are titles also used for other books), is an important Flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours, illuminated over the period c. 1500-20 by a number of artists. It has 254 folios, with a page size of 228 x 160 mm. It is now in a private collection, but was once in the Austrian National Library in Vienna as Codex Vindobonensis S.N. 2844. Since its sale in 1999 it has held the world record price at auction for an illuminated manuscript, as of 2009.

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Rothschild Prayerbook - History
... is then unknown until it reappeared in the collection of the Viennese branch of the Rothschild family in the late 19th century ... It was confiscated from Louis Nathaniel von Rothschild immediately after the March 1938 German annexation of Austria ... the export of culturally significant works of art in part to pressure the Rothschilds into "donating" a large number of works to Austrian museums, including the prayerbook, which went to the National Library ...

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