Catalogue d’une très-belle Collection de Tableaux, d’Italie, de Flandres, de Hollande, et de France; de Terres cuites, Figures de bronze, Marbres précieux en vases, Bronzes dorés, Tables, Agates, Porcelaines du Japon & de la Chine; Meubles très-riches de Boule, Meubles de bois d’acajou ornés de marbres & de bronze, exécutés sur les plus belles formes & avec le plus grand soin: formant le Cabinet de M. le Marquis de *** [written in cont. ms]: “Mr Montesquo.” Par M. Lebrun…On en fera la vente le Mardi 9 Décembre 1788, & jours suivans…
126 pp. 8vo (195 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. blue sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1788.
A rare auction catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand, of a formidable collection of paintings. Although Lugt attributes this to Montesquiou (1739-98), it seems that most of the lots did not belong to him. Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813), this sale’s expert, was known to add his inventory and lesser consignments to prestigious sales for which he was responsible. Montesquiou, member of the Académie Française and a general, was close to many of the physiocrats.
The present catalogue describes 276 lots of paintings by artists such as Giulio Romano, Guercino, Tintoretto, Veronese, Albani, Velazquez, Panini, J. Brueghel the Elder, Bril, Rembrandt, Brauwer, Hals, Teniers, Rubens, A. van Dyck, J. Ruysdael, Potter, Jordaens, A. & I. van Ostade, Metsu, Wynants, Wouwerman, C. Netscher, Miel, N. Berghem, Lairesse, Maes, J. Steen, Lancret, Weenix, Bega, Le Nain, Vouet, G. Poussin, S. Bourdon, Watteau, Coypel, C. Vanloo, F. Boucher, Natoire, Lagrenée aîné & jeune, H. Robert, Greuze, Fragonard, Norblin, etc., etc. The remaining lots consist of ceramics, sculpture, Japanese lacquer and porcelain, ornate pieces of furniture, chandeliers, clocks, and girandoles (for a grand total of 417 lots). The Dutch and Flemish paintings sold for extremely high prices. The annotations also show which lots were bought-in.
A very good copy. A few leaves with minor foxing. Engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier], and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title.
❧ Lugt 4364. Getty Provenance Index F-A941.
Item ID: 6647