A Painter’s Art Collection

Catalogue d’une Collection de Tableaux des Trois Ecoles, Marbres, Bronzes, Ivoires, et Autres Objets, provenant du Cabinet de Mr. J.L. La Neuville, Peintre…Par J.B.P. Lebrun…La Vente s’en fera le mercredi 6 novembre, et jours suivans…

36 pp. 8vo, attractive antique marbled boards, paper label on spine. Paris: Olivier & Lebrun, 1811.

The uncommon sale catalogue, fully priced and with nearly all buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, of the art collection a celebrated portraitist and former pupil of Jacques Louis David. Laneuville (1748-1826), foremost a painter who exhibited at a number of Salons, also worked as an art dealer and expert. His painting style imitated considerably that of his master, and his subjects were often politicians. He maneuvered deftly during the Revolution and secured the patronage of leading revolutionaries, including several deputies of the Convention. Laneuville’s luck persisted through the reigns of Napoleon and Louis XVIII, as he garnered private and official commissions and continued to exhibit at the Salons. His collection consisted mostly of Old Master and contemporary French paintings.

This catalogue, with prices and most buyers’ names, describes 195 lots. The paintings include works by Tintoretto, Giordano, Canaletto, Teniers, Jordaens, Miel, Jacob and Salomon van Ruysdael, Both, Cuyp, Brouwer, van Ostade, Wouwerman, Weenix, Netscher, Le Nain, Lesueur, Jouvenet, Robert, Marguérite Gérard (lot 158), David, etc. The sale concludes with sculptures in bronze, marble, and ivory. According to the annotations, famous collectors and dealers of the early 19th century were active at this sale, including Lebrun (the sale’s expert), Constantin, Bonnemaison, Bernard, Didot, Rivière, Sabre, Paillet, Brunot, Berty, Marthe, La Fontaine, Hasard, Boilly, etc. We also learn from the notes which pieces were unsold.

A fine copy with useful provenance information.

❧ Lugt 8078. Oxford Art online (Laneuville).

Price: $2,750.00

Item ID: 6447