Catalogue des Livres, Estampes, &c. de Monsieur V.S. dont la vente se fera publiquement…à Anvers à la Chambre des Arquebusiers, le Lundi 18 Octobre & Jours suivants. P. F. G.? AUCTION CATALOGUE: VAN SCHOREL DE WILRYCK.

Catalogue des Livres, Estampes, &c. de Monsieur V.S. dont la vente se fera publiquement…à Anvers à la Chambre des Arquebusiers, le Lundi 18 Octobre & Jours suivants.

12, 250 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & speckled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Anvers: J. Grangé, [1773?].

An earlier owner attributes the ownership of this catalogue to Pierre François Gisbert de Schorel, seigneur de Wilryck (1716-73 or 1778) and mayor of Anvers, whose collection of paintings was sold the following year in Anvers by Grangé. Van Schorel was actively involved in the artistic life of Antwerp and in the early 1740s played an important role in the reorganization and financial support of the city’s Academie voor Schoone Kunsten. He formed one of the largest gatherings of Rubens’s oil sketches in the southern Netherlands in the eighteenth century. His splendid art collection featured twenty-eight paintings by Rubens.

The book section consists of 1829 lots; it was a library rich in art history and auction catalogues of books, prints, drawings, and paintings. The owner also had a fine collection of novels and history. The remainder of the catalogue describes illustrated books (12 lots), portefeuilles of loose prints (207 lots), and about ten more lots of portraits and other subjects.

Fine copy.

❧ Not in Blogie. WorldCat locates no copy in the U.S.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 5042