Mr. Day emphasized that he has more in mind than presenting an exquisite table. “The thing that has been ignored by the art-history world is what these objects were used for, their function,” he said in a telephone interview. “My whole career within the museum sector has been based on trying to get precious objects out of the display cases and onto the table to show how they were used.”
Detail of a miniature of the allegorical personifications of Friendly Expression and Courteous Manner, catching flighty hearts in their net; from Pierre Sala, Petit Livre d’Amour, France (Paris and Lyon), c. 1500, Stowe MS 955, f. 13r.
“References to the relationship between Pierre and Marguerite are all over the book. The initials M and P appear often in decorative borders, and are even carved into the intricate patterns adorning the book’s carrying case. The small volume could be slipped inside this protective box for Marguerite to carry it with her. The rings on the side of the box attached to chains, by which she could suspend it from her girdle.”
Detail of a miniature of Pierre Sala dropping his heart into a daisy; from Pierre Sala, Petit Livre d’Amour, France (Paris and Lyon), c. 1500, Stowe MS 955, f. 6r