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  • Description

    A band of ornament (belt slide), one of ten designs for parts of belts, from the 'Jewellery Book'; arabesque design with simple interlace at centre Pen and black ink, with grey wash

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1532-1543 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6 millimetres
    • Width: 31 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    N.B. This has no 5308 suffix, so the catalogue number, 361d, has been used to make up the reg.no. See also SL,5308.1-179

    Rowlands 1993
    LITERATURE: Reid, pl. 17; His, pl. xxxii, 3; LB, ii, p. 332, no. 21d; Ganz, p. 77, no. 459, repr.; White, p. 570, no. 183; Sutton Place, Renaissance, p. 78, no. 66 1 d

    Please see SL,5308.85 for curatorial comment


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 21(d) bibliographic details
    • Rowlands 361(d) bibliographic details
    • Ganz 459 bibliographic details
  • Location

    German Roy XVIc

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 July 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Lift. Remove verso debris. Repair skinning etc if necessary. Inlay into one sheet. Mount with individual apertures. Stamp mount.


    Edged to back board.

    Treatment details

    Lifted by undercutting with a scalpel. Paper debris removed using a poultice of Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose). Adhesive residue removed with cotton wool swabs dampened with hot water. Pressed. Inlaid to Purcell inlay paper with strips of Paper Nao Japanese tissue and Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) adhesive, together with SL 5308 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 70, 85, 87, and another unnumbered design. Mounted with individual apertures to an overthrow mount.

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  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Add.5308.a (Dept. of Manuscripts Mss no.)


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