Catalogue d’une riche Collection de Tableaux des différentes Ecoles anciennes et modernes…de Peintures en émail, Sculptures en bronze, marbre, ivoire et bois; Meubles en laque de la Chine, et en placage de Boule et de Cressant; Dont la vente se fera…les lundi 15, mardi 16 et mercredi 17 décembre 1817…[Expert: B. T. Henry]. Marie Antoine AUCTION CATALOGUE: [DIDOT.
Catalogue d’une riche Collection de Tableaux des différentes Ecoles anciennes et modernes…de Peintures en émail, Sculptures en bronze, marbre, ivoire et bois; Meubles en laque de la Chine, et en placage de Boule et de Cressant; Dont la vente se fera…les lundi 15, mardi 16 et mercredi 17 décembre 1817…[Expert: B. T. Henry].

No Example in North America

Catalogue d’une riche Collection de Tableaux des différentes Ecoles anciennes et modernes…de Peintures en émail, Sculptures en bronze, marbre, ivoire et bois; Meubles en laque de la Chine, et en placage de Boule et de Cressant; Dont la vente se fera…les lundi 15, mardi 16 et mercredi 17 décembre 1817…[Expert: B. T. Henry].

38 pp. 8vo (205 x 132 mm.), cont. pink upper wrapper bound in late 19th-cent. maroon sheep-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt. Paris: Bonnefons de la Vialle & Henry, 1817.

A very rare sale catalogue of paintings owned by Marie Antoine Didot (d. 1835), better known as Didot de Saint-Marc. A member of the printing and publishing dynasty, he benefitted from the family’s wealth, and was more concerned with collecting pictures. Nearly all prices have been recorded in pencil by a contemporary annotator in the margins, as well as on the upper wrapper which is covered in notes and several names, such as Senave, Mallet, and Dunouy (painters listed in the catalogue). Although Didot is not mentioned on the title-page, a contemporary hand has written his name on the upper wrapper. The Getty Provenance Index entry for the present catalogue suggests that the expert Henry included a number of items from his inventory in this auction. In addition to paintings, we find sculptures, furniture, enamels, prints, and an ornate clock.

“Under the guidance of Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, Didot became a connoisseur, collector and art historian: he began to collect in 1795. His tastes were conventional for the period: 17th-century Dutch artists and contemporary French figures who followed in their footsteps, such as Jean-Louis Demarne, Jean-Baptiste Mallet and Louis-Léopold Boilly; The Fountain by Chardin (priv. col.); and some minor works more particularly in the Didot taste, by Anne-Louis Girodet, Jacques-Louis David, Prud’hon and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.”–Oxford Art Online.

The present catalogue, with most prices recorded, has 245 lots, of which the first 194 are paintings or grouped paintings. It includes works by J. Asselijn, N. Berghem, F. Boucher, S. Bourdon, L. Carracci, Champaigne, Chardin, Coypel, David, van Dyck, Greuze, van den Eeckhout, Kalf, Miel, Millet, Netscher, both Porbus, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Steen, Weenix, etc. Didot’s collection was constantly in flux, and with incessant purchases came the need for sales. From 1796 until 1819, the contents of a number of auctions (most with anonymous provenance) were consigned by Didot.

A fine copy, with useful annotations; we locate no copy in North America. With the amusing engraved bookplate of [H]enry [Pannier] (1853-1935), the Parisian art dealer and collector of early art sale catalogues, on inside of upper cover, and the stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title-page.

❧ Lugt 9258. D. Spieth, Revolutionary Paris and the Market for Netherlandish Art (2018), p. 105–”[Didot de Saint-Marc] had gone through a sort of apprenticeship with Lebrun and labored for over a decade on his magnum opus, Sur la peinture et sur la vie de peintres, which was inspired by his mentor’s Galerie des peintres flamands, hollandais et allemands. Since he fancied himself a nineteenth-century Vasari, Didot de Saint-Marc claimed (rather unconvincingly) that the purpose of his buying art was to have his acquisitions engraved for future use in his publication. The whole enterprise was presumably financed by his family’s publishing business…”.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 7175