Catalogue d’une Nombreuse Collection d’Estampes et de Dessins de Grands Maîtres, Après le décès de…et cessation de Commerce de J. Guill. Alibert, Marchand d’Estampes. Par Franç. Léand. Regnault. Cette Vente se fera les…25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, avril, 2, 3, 4, & 5 mai 1803…
viii, 167 pp. 8vo, orig. pink paper wrappers, uncut. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1803.
A rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand. This sale took place following the death of the widow of Jean Guillaume Alibert (?1763-180?), who died shortly after her husband. He was a well-known dealer and publisher of prints on Rue Fromenteau in Paris. The business’s stock was liquidated and the present catalogue features famous works by Audran, Callot, Edelinck, Pesne, etc.
The star of the sale, to which Regnault-Delalande devotes no less than 52 pages of the catalogue (pp. 97-148), was a “Recueil de Portraits de Souverains, de Souveraines, et de personnes illustres dans l’Eglise, l’Epée, la Robe, les Sciences et les Arts, Femmes célèbres, &c.…” after well-known paintings by van Dyck. Alibert had purchased the collection from the Mariette sale and supplemented it with many of his own acquisitions. It sold for 2,803 francs, according to the annotator. In total, the catalogue records 607 lots of prints and drawings, with the sale schedule at the end.
Nice copy, priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
❧ Cicognara 4566. Lugt 6612.
Item ID: 6175