62 pp. Small 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. sheep-backed marbled boards (joints a bit rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Perrot & Pieri-Bénard, 1826.
The very rare sale catalogue describing the history painter’s art collection and library. Le Barbier (1738-1826) espoused the Neoclassical tenets of David and Vien and executed a number of pictures in a similar style. He also engaged with sculpture, tapestry, and book illustration, and consistently exhibited at the Salon de Paris beginning in 1781. In addition to a choice collection of art, Le Barbier possessed a sizable library rich in literature, fine arts, and ancient history.
This catalogue opens with a lengthy and useful biography of Le Barbier. 476 lots are listed, including paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, and books. Lots 1-12 & 28-44 consist of paintings and drawings by Le Barbier. His collections of shells and minerals, coins, and curiosities are combined into lots 53 and 54, respectively. The contents of his library are enumerated from lot 59 to 373. This catalogue concludes with more than 100 lots of prints and print portfolios.
A very good copy; unfortunate Scotch tape repair to tail of spine. Two contemporary ink corrections to the title and p. 41. With the engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944), the art dealer and collector of auction catalogues, on the inside of the upper cover, and the stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title.
❧ Lugt 11299. Oxford Art online.
Item ID: 7404