Notice des Statues, Bustes et Bas-Reliefs, de la Galerie des Antiques du Musée Napoléon, ouverte pour la première fois le 18 Brumaire an 9 [9 November 1800].
184 pp. 12mo (155 x 95 mm.), cont. pink wrappers, label in manuscript on spine, stitched as issued. Paris: L. P. Dubray, 1811.
(—). Supplément à la Notice des Antiques du Musée Napoléon, contenant l’indication des Monuments exposés dans la Salle des Fleuves. 1 p.l., v, 24 pp. 12mo (150 x 95 mm.), cont. pink wrappers, title in manuscript on spine, stitched as issued. Paris: L. P. Dubray, 1811.
The livret for a seminal exhibition of antiquities, with the very rare supplement. This exhibition was originally held in 1800, and the present work is a later printing of the contemporaneously issued catalogue, but with important additions. The first of the present catalogues lists 254 objects, such as statues, sarcophagi, busts, altars, urns, etc.; the supplement adds another 58 works (nos. 255-312) that were displayed in the Salle des Fleuves. This second livret also presents a complete history of the construction and decoration of this gallery, which was designed by Pierre Lescot and Jean Goujon. We learn numerous details about the objects from the erudite descriptions. Many of these antiquities were confiscated from Italy, but some were loaned from French collections.
Nice copies. The last four leaves in the first volume are a little browned and worn. From the library of Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), the celebrated director of the Manufacture Royale (later Nationale) de Sèvres.
❧ Marquet de Vasselot, Répertoire des catalogues du Musée du Louvre (1793-1926) (1927), 14 & 18.
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