drawing / album
One of two designs for tassels, from the 'Jewellery Book'; spiral-bound rope leading to a herring-bone covered knop and basket-weave hemisphere below hung with foliate drops terminating in bunches of grapes Pen and black ink, with grey wash; cut down
- 1532-1543 (circa)
- Height: 154 millimetres
- Width: 35 millimetres
See David Starkey, 'Henry VIII: A European Court in England', exh.cat. 1991, p.135, no.IX.17 See also SL,5308.1-179
LITERATURE: Reid, pl. 20; Woltmann, ii, p. 136, no. 199, 123; His, pl. xliii, 7; LB, ii, p. 334, no. 25e; Ganz, p. 73, no. 430, repr.; White, p. 566, no. 125
Tassels like these have not survived but can be seen in portraits of Henry VIII by followers of Holbein, many painted after the King's death, based on the Whitehall mural, in which he is shown variously dressed with changes of costume and jewellery. An excellent example is that in the Library at Chatsworth (VAM, ‘Court Jewels’, p. 100, no. P4, col. repr. p. 32), in which there is a large bejewelled tassel beneath the dagger, which Janet Arnold has compared with the description of a tassel in the 1550 inventory of Henry VIII's jewels (British Library, Add. Ms. 46,348): "a tassell for a Dagger of gold garneshed with small stones and perles having a Clocke in the toppe set with a cristall".
German Roy XVIc
1960, BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.) 1988, BM, 'The Age of Dürer and Holbein', no.206 1991, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 'Henry VIII', no.IX.17
5 August 1993
Lift, remove verso debris, repair skinning etc. (if necessary). Inlay into one sheet with others. Mount with individual apertures. Stamp mount. . .
Adhered to mount with others.
Lifted. Removed verso debris and adhesive. Inlayed into one sheet with others, mounted with individual apertures. Mount stamped.
Transferred from the Dept. of Manuscripts to Prints + Drawings on 20 July 1860. For a history of the contents of Sloane 5308, see SL,5308.1.
Prints & Drawings
- Add.5308.a (Dept. of Manuscripts Mss no.)
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