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Detailed record for Additional 60630, f. 10

Title Cutting from an Antiphoner
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date c. 1410 - c. 1430
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Murano Gradual (active in Venice and Lombardy, c. 1410- c. 1430)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'T' in colours and gold, of the Dedication of a Church. 1 decorated initial 'O' in colours (f. 10v). On the reverse, musical notation and text: 'Optimam par /... em elgit h bi / a. Que non aufe / ...r ab ea ineter' from Luke 10:42: "porro unum est necessarium Maria optimam partem elegit quae non auferetur ab ea".
Dimensions in mm 325 x 225
Official foliation A parchment cutting, foliated as '10'.
Form Parchment cutting in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance The Camaldolite monastery of San Mattia in Murano, Venice: the present cutting was cut from a volume of an Antiphoner (now Berlin Kupferstichkabinett, ms. 78 F 1) made for this monastery.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: his sale, 11 May 1838, lot 39; purchased by Russell for Ł1.
Reverend John Fuller Russell (b. 1813, d. 1884), ecclesiastical historian: not identifiable in the catalogues of his sales; probably bought from him by Samuel Sotheby (b. 1771, d. 1842), London auctioneer and book collector, who purchased lots 125, 136, 190, 199, 203, 205-209, 245, and 247 at the Ottley sale, and later sold some of their cuttings to Leopold de Rothschild.
Leopold de Rothschild (b. 1845, d. 1917), banker, thoroughbred race horse breeder, and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of England: his bookplate in album (Add. 60630, Old Covers) which originally contained cuttings and was kept at Ascott, near Wing, Buckinghamshire; inscribed 'L. H. II', 'Jacobean' room, and 'landing' case.
Purchased as 'The Ascott Album' by the British Library from the Rothschild family on 26 March 1979.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting is boxed with Add. 60630, ff. 1-9 and 11- 42. To see this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 60630. To see the Ascott Album which originally contained all the cuttings order Add. 60630, Old Covers.
Other cuttings from the same parent Antiphoner include: Bern, Randall Collection; Bratislava, Slovenská Národní Galerie, inv. 03266; Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cutting It. 18; Cleveland, Museum of Art, inv. 5425f; London, ex-Holford Collection; London, ex-Sam Fogg; Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection, inv. 21-23, 26, 28-30, 32, 33abc, 34abc; Paris, Musée National du Moyen Âge-Thermes, 22712-22713; Plzen (Czeck Republic), Západoceské Muzeum, inv. 2972; New York, ex-Stern Collection; Washington National Gallery of Art, inv. B 14842.
Musical notation.
Select bibliography 'Recent Acquisitions. Department of Manuscripts', British Library Journal, 7 (1981), p. 190.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1976-1980 (London: British Library, 1995), pp. 164-65.

Francis Russell, ‘A Gothic Miniature from Murano’, Burlington Magazine, 122 (1980), p. 117.

Sandra Hindman and others, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Evanston, IL: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, c2001), pp. 82 and 91 [exhibition catalogue].

Fabrizio Lollini, 'Maestro di San Michele a Murano', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), p. 699.

Christopher de Hamel, The Rothschilds and their Collection of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2005), pp. 13-14, pl. 5.

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Dedication of a church

f. 10
Dedication of a church

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