Last week we saw how an illuminated cutting from Lombardy could be traced to a Collectors' Corner catalogue issued in Spring 1961 by the Folio Society. As is so often the case, if we can establish the recent history of a medieval manuscript, this enables us to trace its provenance back much further.
The entry of our cutting (it was item 99e) in the 1961 catalogue appeared under this general heading:
"are from service books illuminated on vellum for the Olivetan Order and which belonged to the Monastery of St. Victor at Milan. [...] The immediate provenance is the great Dyson Perrins Collection".
|Sotheby's, 29 November 1960, part of lot 151|
|Collectors' Corner, 3 (Spring, 1961), no. 97|
Collectors' Corner, no. 98: "God the Father with the Holy Dove [...] Milan, c. 1460"
Dyson Perrins, lot 151: "God the Father with the Holy Dove", "from a Milanese manuscript of c. 1460"
"a bookseller's description inside the upper cover states that the illuminations were 'cut out of altar service books (particuarly that of Como) during the French invasion of Italy.'"
|Chicago, LUMA, 1975:19|