1 p.l., ii, 58 pp. 8vo (205 x 134 mm.), cont. blue paper wrappers bound in brown crushed morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Paillet & Boileau, An X [i.e., 1802].
A rare auction catalogue describing the large picture collection (or inventory) of the history painter Martin (1737-1800). A pupil of Vien and Cipriani, he became an associate of the Académie in 1771, exhibiting at the Salon until 1798. According to the entry in the Getty Provenance Index written by Benjamin Peronnet, Martin, starting in 1776, became a part-time dealer, which was against the rules of the Académie. The painter was not banished from the institution, but he never rose in rank (i.e., reçu). Most of the pictures in the present catalogue are of the Italian school, with especially interesting examples from the 17th century.
This catalogue describes 221 lots of paintings, including works by Albani, S. Bourdon, Boullogne, Caravaggio, An. & L. Carracci, Correggio, van Dyck, Domenichino, Guercino, Guido Reni, Kalf, Lairesse, Miel, Panini, Perugino, del Piombo, N. Poussin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, del Sarto, Schedoni, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Watteau, etc. Each entry contains a concise technical description, measurements, and some notes on restorations.
Nice copy, with some foxing at the beginning and end. With the ownership inscription of Marcel Nicolle (1871-1934), curator at the Louvre and critic, on the upper wrapper, and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title.
❧ Lugt 6396. Oxford Art Online.
Item ID: 7098