Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Brummer Gallery Archive IV: Leaves From The Arenberg Psalter


On the same page as the most recent blog post about the Brummer photo albums is a manuscript miniature with a very distinctive shape, shown above, with a detail here:

Saturday, 3 November 2018

More Manuscripts from the Chateau d'Anet, at Glasgow


Almost 20 years ago I started a website to illustrate marks of ownership, including those characteristic of the Chateau d'Anet.

Jean-Luc Deufic later created an immeasurably more professional site, with a list of all the Chateau d'Anet books known to him, with links to other sites, images, etc. I rarely encounter an Anet book that he does not already know about, but one was the Duprat Bible at Boston Public Library, discussed here.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Cuttings From "The Property of a Gentleman" in 1923 [II]


In a previous post I connected a 1923 auction catalogue with some cuttings at the Free Library Philadelphia, and suggested that I might try to compile a complete list at some later date.

I have now been given the impetus to try to compile such a list by two things: first by the fact that I have found a few more of these cuttings in other collections, and second, by the fact that François Avril has contacted me to say that he has discovered the origin of many of these cuttings; I hope he will publish his findings in due course.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

The Brummer Gallery Archive III: A Bohemian(?) Crucifixion Miniature


At the left edge of the page above, introduced at the top of a previous post, is a Crucifixion miniature, apparently from a late 15th-century German or Bohemian Missal:

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

A short post today, simply to mention that there are five illuminated manuscript items buried within the Cone - Seeger sale at Sotheby's on 30 October.

Lot 154 belongs to a group of cuttings I have been working on for some time; it belonged to John Ruskin:

Lot 157 is particularly intriguing for both its iconography and its text:

Lot 158 is charming, and potentially of some importance for its text:

The main Sotheby's sale of medieval manuscripts will be on 4 December.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Brummer Gallery Archive II: The Budé Bible


Last week we found an illuminated manuscript classified, because of its binding, under the heading "LEATHER". The image above is a page from the "PAINTINGS" section of one of the Brummer photobooks. At first sight it looks like a jumble, and it is, but taking the images one by one, several manuscripts can be recognised. I will look at some of them, in separate posts.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Brummer Gallery Archive I: An Antiphonary from Regensburg

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I have very recently become aware of the archive of the Brummer Gallery [Wikipedia], New York, now held by the Metropolitan Museum. Medieval manuscripts were a very small part of their business, but some of them are of great interest; I anticipate doing at least three blog posts.

A nice example is on the page above, from the Gallery's scrapbook of sold items. Under the heading "Miscellaneous - Leather" it includes five small photos of bookbindings, and three of the insides of the respective books.