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Workshop of
Étienne Collaud
Statutes of the Order of St. Michel
circa 1523 (before 1525)
Details
Illuminated manuscript on vellum
25.3 x 18.2 cm (10 x 7.2 in.)
circa 1523 (before 1525)
Provenance
“The full-page armorial on f. 8v is that of René of Savoy (1473-1525), illegitimate son of Philip II, Duke of Savoy and founder of the Savoy-Tende cadet branch of the House of Savoy through his marriage to Anne Lascaris, countess of Tende. The Grand Bastard of Savoy, as René was also known, won the favour of his nephew François, Count of Angoulême. When the latter acceded to the throne as François I in 1515, he appointed René governor and grand sénéchal of Provence, later granting him the title of Grand Master of France, as well as the title to the dukedom of Savoy, in 1519. René of Savoy was admitted to the chivalric Order of St. Michel in 1517; Paris, Antoine Moriau (1699-1759), magistrate and bibliophile; his book stamp, f.1.; Lyon, Arthur Brölemann, Cat. des manuscrits et livres rares, Lyon 1897, no. 97; Madame Étienne Mallet (née Blanche Bontoux), by descent. Her sale Sotheby’s, 4 May 1926, lot 149; Snaithfield, Sheffield, John T. Adams, Esq. Sotheby’s, 7 December 1931, lot 189; The Royal House of Savoy; Private collection Switzerland
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