Catalogue raisonné d’un choix précieux de Dessins, et d’une nombreuse et riche Collection d’Estampes anciennes et modernes, en feuilles, en recueils et en oeuvres, Livres a figures, sciences et arts; Tableaux et autres Objets curieux, qui composoient le Cabinet de…Par L.F. Regnault…. Pierre François AUCTION CATALOGUE: BASAN, père.
Catalogue raisonné d’un choix précieux de Dessins, et d’une nombreuse et riche Collection d’Estampes anciennes et modernes, en feuilles, en recueils et en oeuvres, Livres a figures, sciences et arts; Tableaux et autres Objets curieux, qui composoient le Cabinet de…Par L.F. Regnault…
Catalogue raisonné d’un choix précieux de Dessins, et d’une nombreuse et riche Collection d’Estampes anciennes et modernes, en feuilles, en recueils et en oeuvres, Livres a figures, sciences et arts; Tableaux et autres Objets curieux, qui composoient le Cabinet de…Par L.F. Regnault…
Catalogue raisonné d’un choix précieux de Dessins, et d’une nombreuse et riche Collection d’Estampes anciennes et modernes, en feuilles, en recueils et en oeuvres, Livres a figures, sciences et arts; Tableaux et autres Objets curieux, qui composoient le Cabinet de…Par L.F. Regnault…

Catalogue raisonné d’un choix précieux de Dessins, et d’une nombreuse et riche Collection d’Estampes anciennes et modernes, en feuilles, en recueils et en oeuvres, Livres a figures, sciences et arts; Tableaux et autres Objets curieux, qui composoient le Cabinet de…Par L.F. Regnault…

Finely engraved frontis. & engraved headpiece profile of Basan (both by Choffard). 2 p.l., xv, [1], 288 pp.; 16 pp. schedule of sale. 8vo, 19th cent. half-cloth & marbled boards (corners slightly worn), spine gilt, brown morocco lettering piece on spine, uncut. Paris: Regnault, An VI [“1798“ supplied in manuscript].

A special copy of this important sale catalogue, fully priced with buyers’ names throughout, and containing a multitude of manuscript notes which reveal the inner workings of a late 18th-century French auction. Basan (1723-97), a leading Parisian dealer and publisher of prints, first trained as an engraver under Jean Daullé and Etienne Fessard, even contributing to Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle. He is best known, however, for pioneering the publication and sale of prints not just in France but throughout Europe. He was adept at spotting talented engravers, among them Choffard and Le Mire, and hiring them for his workshop which managed more than 550 publications between 1761 and 1799. His sterling reputation earned him the lofty task of publishing a recueil of reproductions of paintings from the collections of Choiseul and Poullain. He also served as the expert for the Bouchardon, Aliamet, Vanloo, Mariette, Neyman, and Marquis de Ménars sales. One of his most important contributions to the history of art was his Dictionnaire des graveurs anciens et modernes (1767), an early work of its kind.

This catalogue, which has been richly annotated, begins with a long account of Basan and his exploits in the print market. It then details drawings (lots 1-161); prints (lots 162-699); bound prints, the descriptions of which are quite erudite (lots 700-811); illustrated books (lots 812-99); paintings (lots 900-907); and various objets d’art (908-17). Lot 917 was then divided into 176 lots of paintings, terracotta, drawings, glasses, etc., which were not catalogued; however, the present copy contains four leaves of manuscript with a full list of these items, also fully priced and with buyers’ names, and then totals of the sale on a further page. Both are in a different hand from the earlier annotations and must have been extracted from Regnault’s personal copy. Following the manuscript portion is an index of artists, the sale’s table of contents, and the rare 16-page sale schedule.

A fine copy, with most interesting annotations.

❧ Benezit, Vol. 1, pp. 1264-65. Lugt 5827. N.B.G., Vol. 4, cols. 656-57.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 6215