Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Burlington Fine Arts Club Exhibition, Winter 1926-27 [Part I]

Most readers of this blog will be aware of the landmark 1908 exhibition of illuminated manuscripts held by the Burlington Fine Arts Club (BFAC) in 1908. In a previous post, I discussed two lesser-known exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts held by the BFAC, in 1874 and 1886.

Even less well known that either of these two exhibitions, however, each of which is commemorated by a printed catalogue, is an exhibition held during the winter of 1926 to 1927, for which there is no published catalogue.

There is, however, a typescript draft catalogue which only survives in a single copy, as far as I am aware. It was in the BFAC archive transferred to the library of the V&A Museum when the BFAC was wound-up in 1951.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Boerner Auction CX, Addendum

Following on from a recent post, I have realised that lot 51 in the Boerner catalogue, later lot 32 in the Lanna-Prag catalogue, was later owned by Edouard Kann and Robert Lehman, and is now in The Met, NYC, where all this provenance is recorded.
But, to judge by their online description, The Met is apparently unaware that another of its leaves was also in the Boerner auction, as lot 17, where it was attributed to 13th-century France:
Like the Psalter leaf now at Harvard, it was apparently unsold in the auction, and re-offered by Boerner in a fixed-price catalogue the following year:

It was given to The Met in 1939 by Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell, and is now attributed to Swabia, c.1400:
The priest's scroll reads:

"Prespiter Albert(us) hui(us) libri tibi munus. | Dat pia virgo p(re)ces p(ro) me peto ferte sorores"

And the nun's reads "Mater mis(eri)c(or)die miserere mei. Liugardi."

The Met description and a web-search suggest that the leaf is unpublished, apart from the Boerner catalogues, which is surprising for such an interesting and unusual miniature.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Burckhardt-Wildt Apocalypse Miniatures

I have now published the second page of ongoing work-in-progress to track down the most recent known whereabouts of leaves and cuttings from various manuscripts, and reproductions of them.

This new page currently concerns the Burckhardt-Wildt Apocalypse. A link to it also appears under the "Membra disiecta" heading on the right-hand navigation panel.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

A Little-Known Manuscript Dated 1471, made for Ercole d’Este, Duke of Ferrara

Rather than attempt a full blog-post this week, I will just link to one that I wrote for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, that was posted online yesterday.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Boerner Auction Catalogue CX, 1912

On a couple of occasions in past blogs I have referred to the catalogue of an auction held in Leipzig in November 1912 by C.G. Boerner.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Cuttings from an Early 14th-Century Cistercian Gradual

As promised in last week's post, I am today sharing the first in a series of pages on which I will try to collect together dispersed leaves and cuttings, and also keep track up new discoveries.

The first manuscript to be treated is a series of cuttings from a Gradual, presumably Cistercian, because several depict monks dressed in white.

The unusual style -- which is not very refined, but is extremely appealing -- combines Netherlandish and Germanic features, suggesting the Lower Rhine; previous attributions include France, Flanders, Lake Constance, north-western Germany, and Cologne. Dates from c.1300 to c.1350 have been proposed in the past.

This link should take you to the new page, and you can find a link to the right, below the "Blog archive".

Saturday, 9 July 2016

New Pages Recording Membra Disiecta

Google's Blogspot blogging templates allow for rarely-changing content, such as an "About" or a "Contact" page. I plan to experiment by using such pages to keep track of identified leaves and cuttings from dismembered books. In the past I have given lists of such leaves in blog-posts (e.g. here and here) and then added a series of addenda, when I learn of new leaves.

There are several dismembered books that I am actively working on as part of a catalogue of a private collection, and I hope that by making my lists available, it will encourage readers to send new information. To take one example, I currently know the whereabouts of only about a dozen of the 40-ish cuttings from the Burkhardt-Wildt Apocalypse, but I am sure that readers will know about others.

Among the manuscripts I anticipate tackling are: