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Detailed record for Additional 39636, ff. 4, 9, 15-16, 19-27, 33-58

Title Cuttings from a choir book
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date 1st decade of the 16th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to Master B. F. (active in Milan, c. 1490 - c. 1545)
Decoration 10 historiated initials in colours and gold of two male saints (f. 4), the Assumption of the Virgin (f. 15), Peter and Paul (f. 16), Christ among the Doctors (f. 19), Nicholas of Bari (f. 49), a bishop saint (f. 50), the Massacre of the Innocents (f. 51), John the Baptist (f. 52), Michael (f. 53), and Joseph and his brothers (f. 54) with two four-line red staves, musical notation and text on their versos. 5 large foliate initials in colors and gold with two four-line red staves, musical notation and text on their versos (ff. 24, 33, 38, 43, 48). 20 small foliate initials in colours and gold with one four-line red stave, musical notation and text on their versos (ff. 9, 20-23, 25-27, 34-37, 39-42, 44-47). 4 decorated borders in colours and gold (ff. 55-58).
Dimensions in mm Various (see individual descriptions)
Official foliation Bound in a volume of ff. 61. Mounted parchment cuttings, foliated as '4', '9', '19'-'27', '33'-'58'.
Form Parchment cuttings mounted in double-sided paper leaves in an album.
Binding Post-1600. Green velvet with crimson silk fly-leaves and gilt edges.
Provenance The Olivetan monastery of Santi Angelo e Niccolò in Villanova Sillaro at Lodi, near Milan: probably cut from a volume or a set of originally twenty choir books (Levi D'Ancona, p. 99). One of the volumes, an Antiphoner containing the Common of the Saints, was sold at Sotheby's, London, 4 December 2007, lot 65.
Luigi Celotti (b. 1759, d. 1843), Italian art dealer: his sale, 26 May 1825, lots 13 (ff. 15, 49, 50), 14 (ff. 4, 16), 17 (ff. 52), 19 (ff. 53, 54) and 26 (ff. 19, 51); purchased by Core for £2 2s, £2, £3 9s, £3 13s 7d and £3 12s, respectively, according to an annotated copy of the sale catalogue (Christie's Archives, cat. no. 29, 1825).
Robert Curzon (b. 1810, d. 1873), 14th baron Zouche of Harringworth, traveller and collector of manuscripts: see Add. 64098, f. 62, his annotated copy of Robert Curzon, Catalogue of Materials for Writing, Early Writings on Tablets and Stones, Rolled and other Manuscripts and Oriental Manuscript Books, in the library of the Honourable Robert Curzon, at Parham in the county of Sussex (London: William Nicol, 1849).
Darea Curzon (b. 1860, d. 1917), 16th baroness Zouche: bequeathed by her to the British Museum in 1917.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are bound in an album with other cuttings as Add. 39636, ff. 1-3, 5-8, 10-14, 17-18, 28-32, and 59-61. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 39636.
Other cuttings from the same volume or a set of choir books are Add. 18196, ff. 83 and 85, Add. 37955B; Bayonne, Musée Bonnat-Helleu, leg. 1193 and 1194; Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, nos. 626, 1246, 4213, 4214, and 14610; Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, 1962p46-64; Cambridge, University Library, Add. 4165 (17); Chambéry, Musée Savoisien, Anc. Inv. 3605 (41); Chantilly, Musée Condé, Divers V-348, V-350 and 351, VI-352; Florence, Museo del Bargello, no. 2066C; Lodi, Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra (see Miniature dell'Italia Settentironale nella Fondzione Giorgio Cini, ed. by Giordana Mariani Canova (Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 1978), cat. Nos. 108a-d); London, Wallace Collection, M325-M326, and M333-M335;); Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 104 (2009.51); Milan, Longari collection, (see Una Collezione di Miniature Italiane dal Duecento al Cinquecento, ed. by Filippo Todini (Mian: Studio Nella Longari, 1993), cat. Nos. 14 and 15); Munich, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, inv. Nos. 153 511-20; New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, M725 and M1090; Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection (see Levi D'Ancona, cat. No. 24); Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 20:2-3, 24:10-11, 28:19, 72:11A and B, 76:49-54; Private collection, formerly New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection (see Pia Palladino, Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003), cat. No. 70); Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, n. 162; Venice, Museo Correr, CL. II. 61, 64 and 437; Windsor, Royal Library, RL O1414; Unknown location, formerly New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection (see Palladino, 2003, app. No. 14).
Musical notation.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1916-1920 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1933), pp. 107-10.

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, The Wildenstein Collection of Illuminations: the Lombard School (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1970), pp. 101, 133-34 [except f. 9].

Iter Liturgicum Italicum, ed. by Giacomo Baroffio (Padua: CLEUP, 1999), p. 104. [except f. 9]

Anne-Marie Eze, Abbé Luigi Celotti (1759-1843): Connoisseur, Dealer, and Collector of Illuminated Miniatures (unpublished doctoral thesis, London: Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 2010).


Images
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Two saints

f. 4
Two saints
Assumption of the Virgin

f. 15
Assumption of the Virgin
Peter and Paul

f. 16
Peter and Paul
 
Christ among the Doctors

f. 19
Christ among the Doctors
Foliate initial

f. 20
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 21
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 22
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 23
Foliate initial
Foliate and anthropomorphic initial

f. 24
Foliate and anthropomorphic initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 25
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 26
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 27
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 33
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 34
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 35
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 36
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 37
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 38
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 39
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 40
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 41
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 42
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 43
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 44
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 45
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 46
Foliate initial
Foliate initial

f. 47
Foliate initial
 
Foliate initial

f. 48
Foliate initial
Nicholas

f. 49
Nicholas
Bishop

f. 50
Bishop
 
Massacre of the Innocents

f. 51
Massacre of the Innocents
John the Baptist

f. 52
John the Baptist
Michael

f. 53
Michael
 
Joseph and his brothers

f. 54
Joseph and his brothers
'IHS'

f. 55
'IHS'
'Noe'

f. 56
'Noe'
 
Foliate border

f. 57
Foliate border
Female grotesque

f. 58
Female grotesque

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