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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (illuminated)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480 (illuminated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morone, Domenico (illuminator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 30, box C

In the 19th century the South Kensington Museum gathered examples of illumination for students to copy. This was a new kind of collection. It was unlike the encyclopedic historic collections of the British Museum or the Bodleian Library in Oxford. From the beginning, the Museum tended to buy ready-made collections. This example is from a portfolio of cuttings from an Italian choirbook. The Museum bought it from J. & W. Boone in 1866 for £15. The ornament is made up of festooned vases and acanthus leaves. Near the top is a cherub clinging to a vase.

Physical description

Specimen of a manuscript

Place of Origin

Italy (illuminated)


ca. 1480 (illuminated)


Morone, Domenico (illuminator)

Materials and Techniques

Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment


Height: 470 mm, Width: 85 mm

Historical context note

Data taken from notes compiled by Rowan Watson. The full text of the entry is as follows:

4918.1 (MS 1038)
Cut-out fragment of marginal ornament, made up of festooned vases, acanthus leaf, with a cherub clinging to vase near the top

Italy. c.1490
470 x 85 mm.

From an album containing 4916-4928 boght for £15 from J. & W. Boone, 1866
Pub: 1908 cat, 91; 1923 cat, 84'

Descriptive line

Cut-out fragment of marginal ornament, made up of festooned vases, acanthus leaf with a cherub clinging to a vase near the top, attributed to Domenico Morone. A duplicate number MS.1038 was assigned to this object in error and was subsequently cancelled.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 26, fig. 2
Watson, Rowan. Educators, Collectors, Fragments and the "Illuminated" Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Nineteenth Century. In: Linda L. Brownrigg and Margaret M. Smith, eds. Interpreting and Collecting Fragments of Medieval Books. Los Altos Hills: Anderson Lovelace; London: Red Gull Press, 2000. pp. 21-46, ill. ISBN 0962637262 (hbk); 0962637270 (pbk).



Subjects depicted

Cherub; Ornament


Christianity; Religion; Manuscripts


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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