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Title:

Initial from a Choir Book

Maker(s) &
Production:

, production, Veneto, probably Veneto

Collection:

Charles Brinsley Marlay

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name(s):

cutting (manuscript); sub-category
other; type of text

Date:

circa 1500 circa 1510

Period:

early sixteenth century

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 120 x 113 mm, one fragmentary four-line musical stave ruled in red ink and a fragmentary word, meam, on reverse.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of acanthus, flowers and scaled shafts on gold ground within a blue and silver frame: [D] King David penitent, string instrument behind him.

Technique:

illumination; whole

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1912; Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Provenance:

No. 132 in a nineteenth-century French sale catalogue, in which the initials are described as sixteenth-century German (catalogue cutting pasted to mount)

Associated
Person:

Marlay, Charles Brinsley; previous owner

Notes:

Marlay cuttings Z.7a, Z.7b and Z.7c: Three initials from a Choir Book. Four initials from a Choir Book illuminated in a very similar style and colour scheme are in Phildelphia, Free Library, Lewis E M 24:18 and 29:13-15. The latter initial, 29:15, is identical in design with Marlay cutting Z.7c.

Documentation:

Wormald & Giles. 1982. A descriptive catalogue of the additional illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 150

Accession:

Object Number: Marlay cutting Z. 7b
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 178556; input: 2010-11-11; modified: 2012-08-20)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/178556





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