Catalogue de Tableaux des Trois Ecoles; Estampes en Volumes & en Feuilles, Figures de bronze, Vases de marbre, Porcelaines, Bronzes dorés, Histoire naturelle & autres objets; Formant le Cabinet de M. le Baron d’Holback…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 Mars 1789 & jours suivans…Par M. Le Brun…. Paul Henri Thiry AUCTION CATALOGUE: HOLBACH, Baron d’.
Catalogue de Tableaux des Trois Ecoles; Estampes en Volumes & en Feuilles, Figures de bronze, Vases de marbre, Porcelaines, Bronzes dorés, Histoire naturelle & autres objets; Formant le Cabinet de M. le Baron d’Holback…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 Mars 1789 & jours suivans…Par M. Le Brun…

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Catalogue de Tableaux des Trois Ecoles; Estampes en Volumes & en Feuilles, Figures de bronze, Vases de marbre, Porcelaines, Bronzes dorés, Histoire naturelle & autres objets; Formant le Cabinet de M. le Baron d’Holback…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 Mars 1789 & jours suivans…Par M. Le Brun…

30 pp. Small 4to (185 x 130 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards, label on spine. Paris: Lebrun, 1789.

The very rare auction catalogue, with most prices and many buyers’ names written in a contemporary hand, of the Baron Holbach’s little-known but choice art collection. The sale’s expert, Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun, provides an exceptionally long and informative biography of Holbach (1723-89), enriched with several amusing anecdotes.

This catalogue describes 93 lots of paintings (by Teniers, Wouwerman, Berchem, Mengs, Le Nain, N. Poussin, S. Bourdon, Oudry, Vernet, etc.), prints, and various curiosities, such as Japanese and Chinese porcelain, shells, and miniature sculptures. The Northern pictures were sold at especially high prices (see lots 6 & 8). According to the annotations, some of the leading dealers and collectors of the period were present at the sale.

A fascinating and rare record of the famous philosopher’s cabinet, about which we know little today.

In fine condition. The title-page is neatly extended. Stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title.

❧ Lugt 4408. Darius A. Spieth, Revolutionary Paris and the Market for Netherlandish Art (2018), pp. 171, 173, & 181.

Price: $5,500.00

Item ID: 6699