Thoroughly Annotated

Catalogue de Tableaux formant une Réunion imposante d’Articles, la plupart de première classe, par les plus grands Maîtres des Ecoles d’Italie, de France, de Flandre et de Hollande; quelques Figures et Bustes en Marbre et en Bronze; Groupes de Terre cuites; une très-belle Colonne en Marbre vert antique; riche Cassolette de Jade; petites Colonnes de Lapis lazuli, montées en or; Vases de Malachite de Russie; différens Meubles en bois d’acajou, et enfin, une Collection de 203 Pierres gravées en creux et en relief, la plupart antiques, sur les plus rares Matières. Ledit catalogue rédigé par A. Paillet et H. Delaroche. La Vente…s’en fera à Paris…le 30 Messidor an 10, répondant au Lundi 19 Juillet 1802, et jours suivans…

viii, 127 pp.; 27 pp. 8vo (180 x 128 mm.), late 19th-century quarter-red morocco & marbled boards, raised spine gilt, title on spine, t.e.g. Paris: Paillet & Delaroche; Montpellier: Fontanel; Amsterdam: Coclers; Bruxelles: de Roy; London: Lund, [1802].

An extensively annotated copy of this uncommon auction catalogue dispersing an outstanding group of paintings and sculptures, and a large group (203 lots) of ancient engraved stones. The provenance for this sale had been ambiguous and indecipherable until recently. Benjamin Peronnet, one of the leaders of the Getty Provenance Index project, concluded that the contents of this sale were consigned by multiple collectors and even a few dealers. , Peronnet determined that the bulk of the paintings offered came from the collection of Roëttiers de Montaleau (1748-1808), director of the Monnaie de Paris and a well-known Freemason, although it is unclear whether he was the current owner of the pictures at the time of this sale. This is corroborated by Montaleau’s name handwritten on the title-page of our copy.

Mostly recording Northern Old Masters, the catalogue describes 298 lots of paintings (a very large number for a sale of this period), plus 25 lots of ceramics, marble and bronze sculptures, and furniture (by Reisner and Boule). A second, separately paginated (27 pp.) catalogue for the collection of engraved stones follows. Throughout the margins of the first catalogue, a contemporary annotator has recorded all prices and buyers’ names. We learn that leading collectors and dealers of the period, such as Constantin, Lebrun, Demidoff, Henry, Lafontaine, Simon, Langlier, Naigeon, Langeac, etc., attended the sale and bought many of the lots. There were even foreign attendees, including Thomas Holcroft and Joseph Wilkinson, the latter of whom, based on several annotations, seems to have been bidding on behalf of a Russian collector. Another interesting aspect of this copy is that a later owner, most likely the specialist in art sale catalogues Louis Soullié (1860-1940), has furnished additional information on the appearances and prices of paintings at earlier sales.

We know that several pictures featured in this sale are now in museums in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Below is a list of these, with their lot number in the present catalogue:
- Lot 13: B. Breenbergh, The Preaching of John the Baptist, now Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Lot 45: Greuze, Gâteau des rois, now Musée Fabre, Montpellier
- Lot 87: Delaporte, Panier d’oeufs & Carafe d’orgeat, both now Musée du Louvre
- Lot 130: Rembrandt, Portrait of a Man, now Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Lot 172: Watteau, Amusements champêtres & Retour de la chasse, both now Wallace Collection

A special copy, finely bound and in excellent condition. Engraved bookplate of G[eorges] P[annier] (1853-1944) on the front paste-down, and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of title. There is also an ownership stamp on the upper right corner of the title-page, which we have seen in other early auction catalogues but are unable to identify.

❧ Lugt 6480. J. Edwards, Alexandre Joseph Paillet (1996), pp. 310-12.

Price: $2,750.00

Item ID: 7590