Catalogue d’une Très-belle Collection de Tableaux de Maîtres très-renommés des différentes Ecoles, rassemblés par un Artiste [added in cont. ms]: “(Le Brun).” Cette Vente se fera les Lundi 20…Décembre 1773…[Expert: Pierre Remy]. Jean Baptiste Pierre AUCTION CATALOGUE: [LEBRUN, consigner.
Catalogue d’une Très-belle Collection de Tableaux de Maîtres très-renommés des différentes Ecoles, rassemblés par un Artiste [added in cont. ms]: “(Le Brun).” Cette Vente se fera les Lundi 20…Décembre 1773…[Expert: Pierre Remy].

A Young Lebrun as Supplier

Catalogue d’une Très-belle Collection de Tableaux de Maîtres très-renommés des différentes Ecoles, rassemblés par un Artiste [added in cont. ms]: “(Le Brun).” Cette Vente se fera les Lundi 20…Décembre 1773…[Expert: Pierre Remy].

57, 3 pp. Small 8vo (160 x 100 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards, label on spine. Paris: P. Remy, 1773.

The scarce sale catalogue, interleaved throughout with prices and buyers’ names, of a sale of paintings very probably supplied in large part by the fledgling dealer Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun. In the Institut national d’histoire de l’art copy, which belonged to Lebrun, he has written “Par moy” on the title-page. The present example of this catalogue contains invaluable notes on the successful bidders, such as Langlier, Comtesse du Barry, Paillet, Remy, Comte de Merle, etc. The very rare three-page supplement is present and annotated.

This catalogue describes 133 lots of paintings, a majority of which are Dutch and Flemish. Lebrun made numerous buying trips to the Netherlands and he quickly became the foremost connoisseur of art from the region. This sale offered paintings by J. Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, van Poelenburgh, Jordaens, Rembrandt (7 lots), Teniers, A. & I. van Ostade, Dou, Metsu, Weenix, G. van den Eeckhout, Berghem, P. Potter, J. & S. Ruysdael, J. Steen, A. van de Velde, G. Netscher, Dujardin, J. Asselijn, J. Wijnants, Moucheron, Watteau, Restout, Wouwerman, Lairesse, etc.

In good condition, minor dampstaining throughout. An uncommon catalogue with important provenance information.

❧ Lugt 2217. Francis Haskell, Rediscoveries in Art: Some Aspects of Taste, Fashion & Collecting in England & France (1976), p. 21–“With hindsight we can see that Lebrun was doing something whose implications were even more revolutionary than he himself probably realized. He was the first connoisseur to break with the prevailing habit of trying to attribute as many pictures as possible to the great and established names and to insist instead on the value of rarity and unfamiliarity…”.

Price: $3,950.00

Item ID: 6700