Catalogue d’une riche Collection de Tableaux, de Peintures à gouazze & au pastel, de Desseins précieux montés & non-montés; d’Estampes choisies en feuilles & en recueils; le tout des trois Ecoles. Du Cabinet de M***. [in cont. ms]: “Lempereur.” Dont la Vente se fera le Lundi 24 Mai 1773, & jours suivans… [Expert: F. C. Joullain].

iv, 159 pp. 8vo (200 x 135 mm.), antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: Chariot, Boileau & Joullain, 1773.

A scarce sale catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand and with running totals, featuring a large number of drawings formerly in the Crozat collection. Lempereur (1701-79), a well-known jeweler and local politician, cultivated a close relationship with Mariette, and at Mariette’s sale, Lempereur advised the king on drawings worthy of the royal collection. Gersaint counted Lempereur among his most important clients. Lempereur’s son, Jean Baptiste Denis (1726-96), continued in his footsteps as a passionate collector and patron of the arts.

This catalogue describes 1218 lots of paintings (by Guido Reni, An. Carracci, Albani, Mola, Rosa, Panini, Murillo, van Dyck, Rubens, Lairesse, Bril, both J. Brueghels, both D. Teniers, Wouwerman, N. Berghem, van Poelenburgh, Ruysdael, Rembrandt, Dow, Metsu, S. Bourdon, de la Fosse, Largillière, C. Vanloo, F. Boucher, Natoire, Lancret, Chardin, J. Vernet, H. Robert, etc.); drawings (by da Vinci, Raphael, L., Ag. & An. Carracci, Parmigianino, Guercino, Maratti, Tintoretto, Veronese, Giordano, Rubens, van Dyck, Goltzius, Jordaens, Rembrandt, etc., etc.), prints, and sculptures. A number of the paintings come from the Verrue, Hoym, Mignard, Rigaud, Coypel, and Vanloo collections. The bulk of the Italian and Dutch drawings were in the renowned Crozat collection.

Nice copy, with useful price annotations. Engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944), the Parisian art dealer and collector of sale catalogues.

❧ Lugt 2171. Lugt Marques, 1740.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 6803