Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cuttings Related to the Missal of Leo X

In a series of previous posts (e.g. here) I have been gradually finding dispersed cuttings from a Missal of Pope Leo X.

I recently looked, for the first time in more than a decade, at the catalogue of the Holford Collection, published in two volumes in 1927:

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The "Ghistelles" Hours [III]

The main clue to the origins of the Ghistelles Hours (as I will continue to call it) is its first quire, which was owned by Rosy Schilling, and sold after her death at Sotheby’s, 5 December 1994, lot 20:
It was resold at Sotheby's, 1 December 1998, lot 17, and is now at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; I am very grateful to Lynley Herbert of the Walters for her help in my investigations.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The "Ghistelles" Hours [II]


The 1989 catalogue of manuscripts in New Zealand was the first attempt to pull together what was known about the manuscript and list its dispersed leaves. As mentioned in the previous post, this was the first time that the manuscript was associated with John III of Ghistelles:

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The "Ghistelles" Hours [I]


Over the course of  a few blog posts I plan to re-examine the provenance of the so-called Ghistelles Hours, and especially its oft-repeated association with Jan III, heer van Gistel, a.k.a. John III Ghistelles (d.1315), Lord of Ghistelles.

For this first post, why is the manuscript known as the Ghistelles Hours?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

A Tree of Affinity [Part II]

A few weeks ago I wrote about a single leaf with a Tree of Affinity, now in a private collection. Since then I have had the opportunity to examine and photograph the parent volume, thanks to Mike Widener, of the Yale Law Library.

The volume is still bound in old red velvet, as described in the 1909 Delamarre auction catalogue:

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Two More Miniatures from the Loredan Hours

Greg Clark has kindly contacted me, sending me a scan of a slide found among the those of the late Anne van Buren, depicting two more of the missing leaves of the Loredan Hours, about which I have written before, here in 2012 and here in 2014.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Tree of Affinity

One of the miniatures in the private collection that I am cataloguing is this leaf with a fine miniature of a Tree of Affinity:

I already knew it from reproductions is a series of dealer an auction catalogues from the past few decades: