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Detailed record for Additional 21412, ff. 4, 45-65

Title Cutting from service books of Pope Innocent VIII
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1484 - c. 1492
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to Giuliano Amadei (documented in Florence 1446, d. in Lucca 1496).
Decoration 1 zoomorphic and historiated initial 'P' (the descender cropped) in colours and gold, of David. Marginal drawings [in colours] of the prophet Isaiah seated, an anthropomorphic female figure, peacocks, putti, garlands, flowers and cornucopiae, introducing the introit to the third Mass for Christmas Day 'Puer natus est'. On the reverse is partial text reading '...alia fecit. V. /...pri. Or[ati]o / ...Oncede que /…nus omnipo /...is: ut nos u' (f. 4). 21 sections of foliate border in colours and gold, of a bar border of burnished gold decorated with leaves, flowers, scrolls, grotesques, cornucopiae and bezants. The text has been erased from the reverse of ff. 45-65.
Dimensions in mm 105 x 140 (f. 4); various (ff. 45-65, see individual descriptions)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, foliated as '4', '45'-'65'.
Form Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, kept in two boxes with other parchment and paper cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance Innocent VIII (Cibo, r. 1484-1492), Italian pope and patron: inscriptions 'In(n)ocent' and 'Papa VIII', and peacocks (his emblem was the bird displaying) in related cuttings Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cutting It. 29 and Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, NMB. 1801, respectively (see Alexander, 1980/2002); f. 4 was excised from a Missal (A.I.7) described in a 1714 inventory (Rome, Archivio di Stato, Camerale I, vol. 1560, fasc. 24, ff. 265-302, transcribed in Emilia Anna Talamo, Codices Cantorum: Miniature e Disegni nei Codici della Capella Sistina (Florence: Officine del Novecento, 1998), pp. 216-22 (p. 217).
Luigi Celotti (b. 1759, d. 1843), Italian dealer: his sale, 26 May 1825, part of lots 36 (f. 4) and 35, 36, 39 (ff. 45-65), purchased for £7 7s, £9 5s and £21 by Manson, according to an annotated copy of the sale catalogue (Christie's Archives, cat. no. 29, 1825).
William Manson (d. 1852), London auctioneer operating with George Henry Christie in 1831-1852.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: according to the Rogers 1856 sale catalogue, and Henry Shaw and Frederic Madden, Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to Seventeenth Centuries (London: William Pickering, 1833), no. 32a, which is an engraved reproduction of two borders from ff. 45-65, described as being in the Ottley Collection.
Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet: his sale, 28 April 1856, part of lot 1006 (ff. 45-65) purchased for £115 10s by Boone; f. 4 is unidentifiable; inscribed by Frederic Madden 'Purchased at the sale of the Pictures etc. of Samuel Rogers Esq. at Christie's 6th May 1856. /Lots 1002, 1005, 1006, 1008, 1009./' and '150 specimens F. M. ' (on mounted leaf in box 1), all of which were purchased on the 8th day of the sale, 6 May 1856, by Boone according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue.
William Boone, London bookseller trading 1815-1870: purchased from him on the same day by the British Museum.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings were formerly pasted into The Samuel Rogers Album and foliated as Add. 21412, ff. 4, 22 (ff. 45-47), 23 (ff. 48-50), 24 (ff. 51-53), 25 (ff. 54-56), 26 (ff. 57-59), 27 (ff. 60-61), and 28 (ff. 62-65). In 1989 they were lifted from the album, remounted individually and stored in two boxes. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 21412, ff. 1-7 [box 1], Add. 21412, ff. 17-25 [box 3] and Add. 21412, ff. 26-34 [box 4]. To see the Samuel Rogers Album, which originally contained all the cuttings order Add. 21412, Old Covers.
Other cuttings and borders from service books of Innocent VIII are:
From his Benedictional (A.I.18): Cleveland, private collection (see Andrea de Marchi, 'Identità di Giuliano Amadei Miniatore', Bollettino d'Arte, 93/94 (1995), 119-58, no. 30) and Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection, no. 9 (de Marchi, no. 31).
From his Missal (A.I.7): Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cutting It. 29 (de Marchi, no. 29d), Chantilly, Musée Condè, ms. Divers IV. 346 (de Marchi, no. 29f), Former Hamburg, Ernst Hauswedell Collection (de Marchi, no. 29c), Holland, private collection (de Marchi, no. 29e) and Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, NMB. 1801 (de Marchi, no. 29a).
From unidentified manuscripts: Add. 35254H, Add. 60630, ff. 13-18, 39-42, London, Ford Collection, RF12 (see The Sixtieth Volume of the Walpole Society, 1998: the Ford Collection, 2 vols, (Leeds: The Walpole Society, 1998), I, p. 60), and Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection, no. 59 (de Marchi, no. 32).
Select bibliography Henry Shaw and Frederic Madden, Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to Seventeenth Centuries (London: William Pickering, 1833), no. 32a (ff. 45-65).

H. Shaw, A Handbook of the Art of Illumination as Practised during the Middle Ages (London: Bell and Daldy, 1866), pl. facing p. 40 [f. 4].

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the Years 1854-1860 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1875), pp. 377-78.

T. J. Brown, 'Some Manuscript Fragments Illuminated for Pope Greogry XIII', British Museum Quarterly, 23 (1960-1961), 2-5 (p. 5 n. 5).

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Fragments of an Illuminated Missal of Pope Innocent VIII', Pantheon, 38 (1980), 377-82 (pp. 371, 381 n. 6), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 213-34, 394 (p. 215, fig. 2) [f. 4].

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 110 n. 30), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (p. 33 n. 30).

A. Dillon Bussi, 'Pseudo-Michele da Carrara o Maestro degli studioli?', in Studi di Storia dell'Arte sul Medioevo e il Rinascimento nel Centenario della Nascita di Mario Salmi: Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Arezzo-Firenze, 16-19 novembre 1989 , 2 vols (Florence: Polistampa, 1993), p. 766.

Andrea de Marchi, 'Identità di Giuliano Amadei Miniatore', Bollettino d'Arte, 93/94 (1995), 119-58 (p. 155, no. 29b) [f. 4].

Sandra Hindman and others, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Evanston, IL: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2001), pp. 65, 82, 91 [exhibition catalogue].

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).

Elena De Laurentiis and Emilia Anna Talamo, The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: an Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispa´nica; Dallas, Tex.: Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2010), pp. 331, 364.


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