Catalogue des meilleurs Peintres Flamands, Hollandois, et Allemands avec les plus hauts Prix connus, aux-quels ont été vendus jusqu’ici leurs meilleurs Ouvrages, Par M. Le Brun, Avec des Observations et un Discours préliminaire par M. Le Chev. Xav de Burtin.

68 pp. (last three blank). Small 8vo (150 x 99 mm.), cont. semi-stiff paper wrappers, orig. stitching. Pisa: N. Capurro, 1817.

First edition of a scarce commentary regarding the record prices of northern Old Master painters, which had been compiled by the dealer Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813) and was posthumously published here. Burtin (1743-1818), a renowned mineralogist and collector of minerals, shells, and art, has added his own commentary to Lebrun’s original work (see below). Burtin assembled one of the largest cabinets of curiosities in the Low Counties, to which he welcomed visitors, such as Robert Southey and many nobles. Burtin’s collection consisted of approximately 12,000 pieces, including 5000 fossils, 4000 shells, and 3000 minerals. He also owned about 250 paintings, which he displayed across six rooms. In 1808, Burtin published his Traité théorique et pratique des connoissances qui sont nécessaires à tout amateur de tableaux…, which provides a general introduction to painting and its appreciation.

In the present work, based on the unparalleled connoisseurship and data assembled by Lebrun, Burtin discusses fluctuations in the prices of paintings of the Northern schools and lists the highest recorded prices for works by 100 Dutch, Flemish, and German artists. Burtin adds his observations on many of the artists and the market for their work, sharing contemporary accounts of famous auctions and details from his correspondence with Lebrun. All prices have been converted into livres, since Lebrun compiled them in various currencies.

Nice copy, a few leaves uncut, as well as sporadic but inoffensive spotting.

❧ François de Callataÿ, “La vie rocambolesque et le cabinet d’étude de François-Xavier Burtin (1743-1818),” La Vie des Musées, 20, 2006, pp. 86-93, accessed online.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 6727