Catalogue d’une Collection de Tableaux Capitaux et du plus beau choix, des Ecoles d’Italie, d’Espagne, de Flandres, de Hollande, d’Allemagne, et de France; de Dessins, Terres cuites, Ivoires, Marbres, Bronzes, Antiquités et riches Meubles du célèbre Boule, rares et curieux. Par. J.B.P. Lebrun…[1st sale: 2-4 Feb. 1813, 2nd sale: 9-11 Feb.]. Jean Baptiste Pierre AUCTION CATALOGUE: LEBRUN, expert.

Not with a Bang, But with a Whimper

Catalogue d’une Collection de Tableaux Capitaux et du plus beau choix, des Ecoles d’Italie, d’Espagne, de Flandres, de Hollande, d’Allemagne, et de France; de Dessins, Terres cuites, Ivoires, Marbres, Bronzes, Antiquités et riches Meubles du célèbre Boule, rares et curieux. Par. J.B.P. Lebrun…[1st sale: 2-4 Feb. 1813, 2nd sale: 9-11 Feb.].

90 pp. 8vo (205 x 136 mm.), later 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards (upper hinge cracked & spine rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun & Chariot, 1813.

The scarce catalogue of the final sale organized by Lebrun, who died in August later that year. Our copy, fully annotated with prices and buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, also bears an inscription on the title-page, which reads: “appartenait à Mr. Lebrun Peintre. Et a quelques autres amateurs, et à M.M. Legrand et Laneuville…” At the end of his career, Lebrun was clearly desperate for consignments, and accepted pieces from his rivals, as indicated by the inscription. Many of the lots featured in the present sale reappear in the auction of his stock administered by Charles Paillet the following year (Lugt 8523).

This catalogue describes 357 lots of paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, furniture, and curiosities. The annotator has also recorded when lots were bought in, and prices are generally low for the time.

A good copy with very useful provenance information. This is a rare catalogue signifying the rather sad ending of a great dealer’s career. Pages 47-66 with minor worming, just touching the text. Engraved bookplate of [H]enry [Pannier] on front paste-down, and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim in usual location.

❧ Lugt 8291.

Price: $1,750.00

Item ID: 6971