In a previous post in January last year, I discussed a group of cuttings that seem to come from the Dominican nunnery at Zurich, and I laid out some 19th-century evidence suggesting they were illuminated in 1300 by Wernher von Eistetten, monk of Kaiserheim. But this presented a problem: as I wrote,
"It is not clear why a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Kaiserheim, in Bavaria, might write a manuscript for a nunnery in Zurich, about 260km to the south-west"
In December I thought I found the answer to the puzzle, in a book about Kaiserheim illumination which has a reproduction of a leaf in Munich:
|Munich, Graphische Sammlung, Inv. 40229|
But due to the relatively poor quality of the only avalable online image (shown above), and the inaccessibility of libraries due to Covid, I was not able to pursue it adequately.
This week, however, Gaudenz Freuler, who has a detailed study of the Zurich cuttings in preparation, and with whom I have discussed the cuttings on several occasions, obtained a copy of the relevant book and kindly sent me a much better scan of the image, a detail of which is shown at the top of this post.
In the lower left corner of the leaf is the inscription that was not clearly visible in the online image:
"Anno do(min)i. Mo. ccco. Anti-
phonariu(m) ist(u)d (con)scriptu(m)
est a fr(atr)e w(er)nh(er)o de eistete(n)
monacho cesariensi p(ro) q(uo)
This wording is identical with that in the 1898 catalogue of the Weigel collection (the subject of several blogposts, starting with this one):
"Von Anno 1300 aus einem Antiphonarium vom Bruder
Wernher von Eistetten Monch zu Kaisersheim"
It is now plain that whoever wrote the Weigel catalogue knew the leaf that is now in Munich, signed by Wernher von Eistetten, and decided that the Zurich cuttings were also by him. This attribution must also have been avilable to the person who wrote the inscription on the back of the Washington cutting.
I have not yet been able to discover the provenance of the leaf in Munich, but I suspect that it was owned in the 19th century by the same person that owned some or all of the Zurich cuttings. I am sure that Gaudenz Freuler will have more to say on this issue in due course ...