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Border fragment a liturgical book made for Pope Pius V: Marlay cutting It. 32

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Current Location: In storage


Border fragment a liturgical book made for Pope Pius V


Artist: Bonfratelli, Apollonio de




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 360 x 258 mm

DECORATION: Full decorative border of architectural ornament in gold and colour inhabited by putti and caryatids with garlands, central image excised, medallions with images of the Host and Chalice, and a pillar and two scourges, the arms of Pius V supported by putti in the lower bar and in the lower right hand corner a square compartment with image of Christ's Descent into Hell.


History note: Pope Pius V (r. 1566-1572); Abate Luigi Celotti (c.1768-c.1846); his sale, Christie’s, 26 May 1825, lot 82 (Marlay cutting It. 31 only); possibly part of lots 232-243 of the sale of William Young Ottley, Sotheby’s, 11 May 1838 (Marlay cutting It. 32 only); all three in the collection of Thomas Miller Whitehead

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1566 CE - Circa 1572 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Gold leaf

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 32
Primary reference Number: 176570
Project ID: 1380
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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