15,  p. 8vo (189 x 125 mm.), 19th-cent. red cloth (signed “Pierson”), title on spine. Paris: Lottin & Musier, 1762.
A rare and early art auction catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, and bound by Pierson in the red percaline preferred by the Goncourt brothers. Chauvelin, marquis de Grosbois (1685-1762) and Louis XV’s secretary of foreign affairs, was exiled due to the machinations of his rival Cardinal Fleury in 1737 and spent his final years in Paris. He was one of the earliest clients of Watteau.
81 lots, with paintings attributed to or after Raphael, Giorgione, Guido Reni, Bassan, D. Teniers, Neefs, Rembrandt, Champaigne, Watteau, N. Coypel, etc.; famous print ensembles of the early 18th century; and manuscript and printed maps. Remy and Audran’s erudite comments are very interesting to read.
A fine, priced copy, very likely from the famous library of the Goncourt brothers. With the engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944), the Parisian art dealer and collector of early art auction catalogues, on the front paste-down, and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title.
❧ Lugt 1232. P. Michel, Peinture et Plaisir: Les Goûts picturaux des Collectionneurs Parisiens au XVIIIe siècle, p. 247. See Bibliothèque des Goncourt, XVIIIe siècle (29 March - 3 April 1897), lot 207.
Item ID: 7096