As it turned out, there was only one day when Oxford libraries reopened after the Christmas and New Year break, before they had to close again due to new Covid restrictions. Fortunately, I had booked a slot on that day, and was therefore able to work through a list of things that I wanted to check. One of these was Charles Seymour's 1970 catalogue of Yale Art Gallery's early Italian paintings, which I had been unable to consult when writing this blog post.
For the sake of completeness, it seems worth providing a full list of the Lehman illuminations now at Yale, whose Hachette provenance has been unknown since 1954. I can now tabulate the Yale items with their respective numbers in the catalogues by Seymour , Pia Palladino , and the 1953 Hachette auction .
|Hachette 1953, lot 54|
Master of San Giovanni FuorcivitasTuscany, 14th cent, 2nd quarter.
|Hachette 1953, lot 56|
Girolamo da CremonaVeneto, c.1470-74
|Hachette 1953, lot 57|
Girolamo Dai Libri (?)Veronese, 1480s/90s (?)
|Hachette 1953, lot 58|
Circle of Master of Murano GradualVeneto, circa 1470
Master of the Libro dei Notai (Domenico Pagliarolo?)Bologna, c. 1473
Seymour occasionally refers to notes by Pietro Toesca; he states that 1954.7.5 is accompanied by one; this esablishes that it comes from the Hachette collection:
"The sale also included illuminations on vellum, either whole leaves or initial letters. All the Italian examples, although this was not stated in the catalogue, had been expertly examined in 1935 by Professor P. Toesca"
These four initials were part of Hachette lot 56:
In summary, here is a concordance of the inventory numbers now used by the Gallery, with the numbers assigned by Palladino, Seymour, and the Hachette auction catalogue:
|Yale Inv. no.
||Palladino (2003) no.
||Seymour (1970) no.
||Hachette (1953) lot
Note that the accession numbers of the first five Yale illuminations, the most important ones, run in the same sequence as the Hachette lot numbers. This suggests that the buyer at the Hachette sale made an inventory or checklist in lot order, and that this was used at Yale when assigning their accession numbers.