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Detailed record for Additional 21412, ff. 66a-c, 67-68, 69a-c, 70-71

Title Cuttings from a Missals of Clement VII
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1523 - c. 1534
Language Latin
Artists Attributed to Vincent Raymond de Lodève (b. ?France, active in Rome from c. 1513, d. there 10 February 1557) and workshop.
Decoration 2 montages composed of borders in colours and gold, of grotesques, the arms of Clement VII and inscriptions (ff. 66a-c), and of the Medici device of a diamond ring with three feathers and motto 'Semper' and plain panels (ff. 68, 69a-c). 4 borders in colours and gold, of grotesques, trompe l'oeil scrolls, the Medici devices of a yoke with motto 'Suave' (ff. 68, 70, 71), a diamond ring with three feathers and motto 'Semper' (f. 68), and inscriptions (ff. 67, 68) of Clement VII.
Dimensions in mm various (see individual descriptions with the images)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, foliated as '66a-c', '67'-'68', '69a-c', '70'-'71'.
Form Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, kept in boxes with other parchment cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance Clement VII (de' Medici, r. 1523-1534), Italian pope and patron: his arms (f. 66b), Medici devices (ff. 68, 69b, 70, 71) and inscriptions (ff. 66a, 66c, 67. 68); the present cuttings were excised from two Missals (A.I.9-10), probably begun under Leo X (de' Medici, r. 1513-1521): his name (f. 68), described in a 1714 inventory of the Sistine Sacristy (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).
Probably Luigi Celotti (b. 1759, d. 1843), Italian dealer: though not identifiable in his sales, 26 May 1825 and 3 May 1826.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: his sale 11 May 1838, lot 214 purchased for £1 1s by Rogers, according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue.
Samuel Rogers (b. 1763, d. 1855), poet: his sale, 28 April 1856, part of lot 1006 purchased for £115 10s by Boone; 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. 29 (ff. 66a-c, 67-68, 69a-c ) and 30 (ff. 70 and 71). 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. 26-34 [box 4]. To see the Samuel Rogers Album, which originally contained all the cuttings order Add. 21412, Old Covers.
Other leaves and cuttings from the same Missals are:
Add. 35254L-M.
Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Kunstbibliothek, GS 4013, D 130.
Cambridge, Fitzwillian Museum, Marlay Cuttings It. 33-35 (see Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. by Paul Binski and Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), cat. no. 65).
Cambridge (Mass.), Harvard University, Houghton Library, Hofer Bequest MS Typ 734.
Former Esther Rosenbaum Collection (see Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1983, lot 213 [not illustrated]).
Former New York, Breslauer Collection (see Voelkle and Wieck, cat. no. 90).
Former London, Northwick Collection (see Sotheby’s, London, 16 November 1925, lot 115).
London, Ford Collection, RF13 (see The Sixtieth Volume of the Walpole Society, 1998: the Ford Collection, 2 vols, (Leeds: The Walpole Society, 1998), I, p. 60).
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, E.4577-1910 and E.4578-1910.
New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, MS M. 1134.
Paris, private collection (see Devotion in Medieval Art: Manuscripts, Miniatures and Works of Art, 27 May- 6 September 2009 (Paris: Les Enluminures, 2009), cat. no. 6 [exhibition catalogue]).
Part of Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library, 54.662 (see Roger S. Wieck, 'Papal Fragments at the Rosenbach', in Tributes to Jonathan J. G. Alexander: The Making and Meaning of Illuminated Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Art and Architecture, ed. by Susan L'Engle and Gerald B. Guest (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006), 497-507, pp. 501-502, fig. 4).
Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, NMB 2339 (formerly Northwick Collection, London, Sotheby's, 16 November 1925, lot 116).
Select bibliography 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, '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).

Carl Nordenfalk, ‘Tre nyförvärde bokmålningar’, Stockolm Nationalmuseum Bulletin, 15 (1991), 60-84 (pp. 77, 84).

Sheryl E. Reiss, 'Cardinal Giulio de' Medici's Berlin Missal and Other Works by Matteo da Milano', Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, 33 (1991), 107-28 (p. 111 n. 5).

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), p. 334.

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Arms of Clement VII

ff. 66a-c
Arms of Clement VII
Clem / VII Po. / O. / M.

f. 67
Clem / VII Po. / O. / M.
Leo X

f. 68
Leo X

ff. 69a-c

f. 70

f. 71

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