Pear Tree Gallery

January
by the Limbourg Brothers
from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
1413
 
The Duke holds court as he dines in great splendour. Elaborate tapestries hang on the walls, the floor is covered with woven rush matting, and the ceiling is decorated and gilded. A canopy of state hangs over the duke, who is protected from the direct heat of the fire by a woven rush firescreen. Rich cloth covers the settle upon which he and his guest of honour sit, and fine linen covers the table and the side cupboard, upon which magnificent gold plate is displayed. Under the cloth however, the furniture is basic and unadorned. The table is a board laid on plain trestles.