Catalogue des Tableaux, Desseins et Estampes, qui seront vendus le Jeudi 12 Septembre 1765…& jours suivans…après le Deces de M. Carloo [sic] Vanloo…Par F. Basan.

8 pp. 8vo, late 19th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards (small hole to title, touching several letters), spine gilt. Paris: P. de Lormel, 1765.

The very rare sale catalogue, fully priced, of the celebrated painter’s personal collection. Van Loo (1705-65), first Peintre du Roi and a favorite of Madame de Pompadour, studied under the painter Benedetto Lutti and the sculptor Pierre Legros le jeune in Rome. He won the Prix de Rome in 1724. Van Loo returned to France in 1734 and was shortly thereafter accepted into the Académie royale. The royal court and the great art collectors of Paris commissioned him frequently for a wide variety of subjects due to his mastery of French and Italian techniques. As professor at the Académie, van Loo taught Fragonard, Doyen, Lépicié, and Lagrenée.

This catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, describes 58 lots, of which the highlights are paintings (some unfinished), drawings, and sketches all by van Loo, portfolios of his preparatory sketches, and a wooden model of a church. Also detailed are drawings (by Rembrandt, Parrocel, Natoire, Berghem, Bachelier, etc.), prints, books and books of prints, sculpture (by Falconet & Pigalle), and decorative pieces. The sale’s expert, Pierre François Basan (1723-97), notes that the first lot, La Chaste Susanne, and seven of van Loo’s final compositions — “marked by an infinite spirit…give the Deceased the crown which he deserves” — were on display at that year’s Salon and would be delivered to the winning bidders at the close of the exhibition.

A very good copy of this important catalogue; we locate no copy in North America. Engraved bookplate of Henry Pannier (1853-1935), the Parisian art dealer, on front paste-down. Stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on the verso of title-page.

❧ Lugt 1476. “While Vanloo’s stylistic eclecticism and the wide range of his subjects make him difficult to categorize in 18th-century art, it was precisely these qualities that his contemporaries admired. To them, he seemed to possess a total mastery of artistic traditions, and as a consequence he was immensely successful. Baron von Grimm called him the greatest painter in Europe, and Voltaire compared him to Raphael. He never lacked commissions, and his works were generally acclaimed at the Salons.”–Oxford Art online.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 6525