Pear Tree Gallery

February
by the Limbourg Brothers
from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
1413
 
A peasant household. The farmyard is enclosed with wattle fences. The walls of the house would be made of similar wattle, covered with daub, a mixture of mud, dung, lime and cow hair.
Inside the house there is little furniture. The inmates are presumably sitting on benches or stools, and there is a wide bed without canopy or curtains. Spare clothing is hung on rails on the walls. There is a stone fireplace, indicating a fairly prosperous household, although the chimney emerging from the roof is made of wattle, not stone.