2 p.l., viii, 16 pp. 8vo (203 x 133 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. Paris: Denailly & Regnault De Lalande, 1810.
An uncommon sale catalogue that describes the collection of Moitte (1746-1810), a noted sculptor who won the 1768 Prix de Rome. Agréé by the Académie Royale in 1783, Moitte regularly exhibited at the Salons. His lone royal commission was for a statue of Gian Domenico Cassini, which is at the Observatoire de Paris. “Though still not very well known, he was one of France’s most committed and talented exponents of Neo-classical sculpture”–Oxford Art Online.
The present catalogue begins with an informative biographical sketch of the sculptor. The 64 lots include paintings (by Bourdon, David, Giorgione, N. Poussin, H. Robert, Solimena, Suvée, C. Vanloo, Vien, etc.), drawings (by David, Guercino, E. Le Sueur, Michelangelo, Norblin, Poussin, and Robert), and sculptures (by Moitte, Roland, and Giambologna). Lots 59-63 consist of Moitte’s sculpting tools and furniture from his studio.
In fine condition. With the engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944), art dealer and collector of early art auction catalogues with his twin, Henry, on the front paste-down, and the stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of half-title.
❧ Lugt 7806. C. Blanc, Le Trésor de la curiosité… (1857-58), Vol. II, pp. 268-69. Oxford Art Online.
Item ID: 7099