20 pp. 8vo (184 x 125 mm.), late 19th-cent. red pebbled cloth-backed marbled boards (spine a little worn), spine gilt. Paris: Foliot & Gaubert, .
A scarce sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, describing a choice collection of pictures; this copy belonged to a buyer at the sale who has marked in pencil that they purchased lot 28. Beyond “Tonnelier” the identity of the seller is unknown. The expert was probably Julien Foliot, a painter and sculptor active at this time.
53 lots, with an impressive range of mostly Northern paintings by Dujardin, A. van Ostade, D. Teniers, Brauwer, Poelenburgh, J. Ruysdael, Ph. Wouwerman...
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20 pp. 8vo (184 x 125 mm.), late 19th-cent. red pebbled cloth-backed marbled boards (spine a little worn), spine gilt. Paris: Foliot & Gaubert, .
30 pp. 8vo (206 x 132 mm.), orig. wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: Méraut & Roux, 1815.
A very scarce auction catalogue of art belonging to a Colonel Trauchot. It describes 81 paintings, drawings, and prints. Roux, this sale’s expert, provides lengthy notes and measurements for each painting.
viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.
The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.
22 pp., 1 leaf of “Approbation.” Small 8vo (160 x 95 mm.), 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards (joints a little rubbed), red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Prault & Barrois, 1748.
A rare sale catalogue of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Gallic antiquities amassed by Valois (1671-1747), an early connoisseur of ancient objects, who was named antiquaire du roi. This was one of Gersaint’s final sales.
“Valois was the son and nephew of great 17th-century scholars, Adrien and Henri de Valois; antiquary of the king and pensionnaire de l’Académie des inscriptions, he accumulated sculptures, ancient bronze and more than 6000 medals, many from the age of...
2 p.l., 72 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
(—). Catalogue d’un precieux Cabinet de Desseins, Coloriés & Non-Coloriés des plus célebres Maîtres Hollandois & Flamands, &c. De même, que d’une tres belle Collection d’Estampes, de Choix. Parmi lesquelles il y a quelques Petits Oeuvres & des Ouvrages d’Estampes Reliées & non-Reliées presque Toutes Premieres Epreuves & des mieux conservées…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 de Janvier 1775 & les Jours suivants…Par les Courtiers… 2 p.l., 235, , 78 pp. 8vo. Amsterdam...
Woodcut vignette on title. 26 pp. 8vo (182 x 126 mm.), late 19th-cent. citron morocco backed-marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Basan, 1773.
A very scarce auction catalogue dispersing Vassé’s collection and the contents of his studio; WorldCat and the Getty Provenance Index record no copy in North America. The sculptor Vassé (1716-72), a favorite pupil of Bouchardon and later professor at the Académie Royale, “was ambitious, and he was aided in his desire for a prestigious career by the collector and antiquary the Comte de Caylus, who in turn hoped through Vassé to bring about a return to Classical ideals in French sculpture…Contemporaries...
20 pp. 8vo, 19th-century brown half-cloth & marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine, spine gilt. [S.l.: 1737].
One of the very rare contemporary manuscript sale catalogues of the painting collection of the comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736), one of history’s greatest collectors of art as well as books. It is annotated with nearly all prices and a few buyers’ names. According to Lugt, there are no known printed catalogues of this sale of paintings — most likely never printed — and the Getty Provenance Index records 14 extant manuscript copies, all in institutional libraries, except this example.
“Verrue, may be best known today as Alexandre Dumas’s fictive dame volupté, a sobriquet she reputedly created and one that has too easily obscured her crucial role in the art world of early eighteenth-century Paris. She had the social confidence to renounce the traditional pattern of collecting that Crozat had eagerly embraced and turned from ‘serious’ Italian paintings to ‘petits sujets,’ bucolic landscapes, and amorous mythologies, primarily by painters of the Northern and French schools. Like Crozat, she shaped a remarkable and widely admired dwelling that was central to her identity and famous during her lifetime. The importance of each house was enhanced by the way it functioned. Each became a key site of artistic discourse, a place where art lovers and artists assembled, and a locus for assessing competing systems of value, where distinctive outlooks were forged, defined, and absorbed.”–Rochelle Ziskin, Sheltering Art (2012), p. 2.
8 pp. 8vo (213 x 140 mm.), disbound, single sheet folded. Paris: Dufossé & Regnault-Delalande, 1823.
A very scarce sale catalogue of pictures, drawings, prints, and ceramics. We are not able to identify the seller beyond the information provided on the title-page, that he was an English baronet. Our catalogue lists 57 lots. Webb’s library was sold by Debure several days previous.
In very good condition and in original state. From the Bibliothèque Heim.
Par Michel Huber [& continued by Jean Gottlob Stimmel from the 4th vol.]. Five vols. bound in seven. 8vo, not quite uniform cont. marbled boards (a little worn & rubbed, occasional foxing), pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, -03-05-10-10.
The main series of auction catalogues of the most important collection of art formed in Leipzig in the 18th century. Winckler (1731-95), was a wealthy merchant and banker. Following his formal education, he made a European tour in Britain, Holland, and Switzerland and became intensely interested in art. Winckler started collecting prints and soon began buying paintings...
xii, 483 pp. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled cloth (minor foxing), red & green lettering pieces on spine. Paris: J. Techener, 1854.
—. Catalogue de la Riche Collection d’Estampes et de Dessins composant le Cabinet de feu M. F. van den Zande…rédigé par F. Guichardot. xii, 355 pp. 8vo. Paris: F. Guichardot, 1855.
56 pp. 8vo (199 x 130 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (spine defective), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1818.
A scarce and exceptionally large auction catalogue of paintings, drawings, prints, and antiquities. Based on contemporary inscriptions in other copies, the seller was a “Mme Bergeret,” but we are unable to further identify her. The Getty Provenance Index notes that a number of the paintings in this sale had been purchased at the Silvestre sale in 1811 (Lugt 7932). This is one of Regnault-Delalande’s larger sales with 421 lots, many of which consist of large group lots.
We find pictures by S. Bourdon, Bril, N. Coypel, Guido Reni, C. Poelenburgh, S. Ruysdael, L. Le Nain, etc. and prints (lots 76-412) by the three Audran, Balechou, C. Bloemaert, Bol, Callot, the three Carracci, Dürer, van Dyck, Dujardin, van Leyden, Mantegna, Nanteuil, Rembrandt, etc. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of prints described in a Regnault-Delalande catalogue, with examples from all across Europe.
2 p.l., iii, 48 pp. 8vo, orig. upper printed wrapper (lacking the lower wrapper). Paris: J. Techener, 1853.
“Bibliothèque peu nombreuse, 302 numéros seulement, mais fort beaux ouvrages qui se sont payés des prix élevés. Le produit de la vente a été de 50,000 fr. environ…Il y avait aussi à cette vente de beaux manuscrits qui se sont payés fort cher.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, cols. 431-32.
Fine copy. Inscribed by Techener on the upper wrapper and printed on superior paper.
2 p.l., iv, 371 pp. 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed red boards, both “maroquiné” (head of spine a little worn), flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1829.
A major sale of 3821 lots. Coulon was a member of the Société des Bibliophiles and a collector for a considerable period of time. We learn from the Preface that all his new books were bound in the best style by Bozerian, Thouvenin, and Simier. He had a very considerable collection of incunabula and Aldines, books printed on vellum or large paper, and many rarities of French literature.
Very good copy. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
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...
1 p.l., iv, 24 pp. 8vo (191 x 123 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Le Normant & Regnault-Delalande, 1816.
A scarce sale catalogue offering a woman’s fine collection of paintings and other curiosities; this copy is partially priced in a contemporary hand. Several institutional copies have been inscribed with the surname “Forestier.” The Getty Provenance Index attributes this sale to de Forestier, born Godin, who was the wife of Augustin de Forestier (1729-1817), the trésorier général of the Swiss Guards. She assembled a choice group of pictures, and, as described in the Getty Provenance Index entry for this catalogue, the leading...
xix, 464 pp. 8vo, cont. green cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: L. Potier, 1855.
A major sale of 3304 lots; among the more notable incunabula was the Mainz Catholicon, the 1465 Mainz Cicero on vellum, and a number of rare editiones princepes. Giraud, a lawyer, also formed a splendid collection of 17th-century French literature and many of his books had important royal or noble provenances.
Fine copy. Stamp of the “Bibliotheque Royale” on title. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
36 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Musier, 1774.
The uncommon sale catalogue of a distinguished collection belonging to Antoine Antonin, duc de Gramont (1722-1801), who inherited the title in 1745. 106 lots thoroughly described, including works by Albani, Guerchin, Wouwermans, Jordaens, Watteau, etc.
Nice copy, despite inoffensive marginal worming to first five leaves.
iv, 159 pp. 8vo (200 x 135 mm.), antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: Chariot, Boileau & Joullain, 1773.
A scarce sale catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand and with running totals, featuring a large number of drawings formerly in the Crozat collection. Lempereur (1701-79), a well-known jeweler and local politician, cultivated a close relationship with Mariette, and at Mariette’s sale, Lempereur advised the king on drawings worthy of the royal collection. Gersaint counted Lempereur among his most important clients. Lempereur’s son, Jean Baptiste Denis (1726-96), continued in his footsteps as a passionate collector and patron of the...
32 pp. 8vo (195 x 129 mm.), late 19th-century marbled boards (spine a bit rubbed), red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bonnefons & Henry, 1818.
A very scarce sale catalogue, mostly priced; we locate no copy in North America. A later 19th-century pencil inscription in the present copy, as well as in two other inscribed catalogues, suggests that the contents of this auction belonged to the art collector Hippolyte de Livry (1765-1834) — not to be confused with the author of the same name. Our Hippolyte had previously dispersed a portion of his collection through the expert and art critic Charles Landon in 1814 (one...
126 pp. 8vo (195 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. blue sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1788.
A rare auction catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand, of a formidable collection of paintings. Although Lugt attributes this to Montesquiou (1739-98), it seems that most of the lots did not belong to him. Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813), this sale’s expert, was known to add his inventory and lesser consignments to prestigious sales for which he was responsible. Montesquiou, member of the Académie Française and a general, was close to many of the physiocrats.
The present catalogue describes 276 lots of paintings by artists such as Giulio Romano, Guercino, Tintoretto, Veronese, Albani, Velazquez, Panini, J. Brueghel the Elder, Bril, Rembrandt, Brauwer, Hals, Teniers, Rubens, A. van Dyck, J. Ruysdael, Potter, Jordaens, A. & I. van Ostade, Metsu, Wynants, Wouwerman, C. Netscher, Miel, N. Berghem, Lairesse, Maes, J. Steen, Lancret, Weenix, Bega, Le Nain, Vouet, G. Poussin, S. Bourdon, Watteau, Coypel, C. Vanloo, F. Boucher, Natoire, Lagrenée aîné & jeune, H. Robert, Greuze, Fragonard, Norblin, etc., etc. The remaining lots consist of ceramics, sculpture, Japanese lacquer and porcelain, ornate pieces of furniture, chandeliers, clocks, and girandoles (for a grand total of 417 lots). The Dutch and Flemish paintings sold for extremely high prices. The annotations also show which lots were bought-in.
75,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Basan, 1778.
A priced copy of this very rare catalogue of a famous Basan sale which featured an exceptional collection of Rembrandt prints. Our copy has a contemporary inscription on the title-page which reads “M. Servat,” supporting attributions by Lugt and Blanc.
The centerpiece of this sale was two portfolios, bound in red morocco, consisting of 486 prints by Rembrandt. The thorough description notes that a considerable number of the prints therein were not known to Gersaint and Yver, compilers of the first authoritative catalogue...
20 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (head of spine a little worn), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1822.
An extremely rare auction catalogue inventorying the collection of an obscure painter active at the turn of the century. A contemporary annotator has written in the surname for this anonymous sale on the title-page, corroborating Lugt’s attribution. An 1817 almanac of Paris records a painter with the same surname working at rue de Rohan, 6. Viglianis also exhibited a landscape at the 1814 Salon — no. 948 in the exhibition livret.
184 lots, consisting primarily of prints (lots 1-132) by artists such as Bartolozzi, Bervic, Bloemaert, Cochin, Le Bas, Desnoyers, Earlom, Green, Ingouf, Massard, Morghen, Strange, Wille, Woollett, etc. We then find original engraved plates by a number of contemporary artists. The final section of drawings includes the work of Bruandet, S. Gessner, H. Robert, and “Joseph Pascal Viglianis,” presumably the seller. With the list of vacations on the final page.
4 p.l., 262 pp.,  pp. catalogue of 46 Remy sales (an invaluable list), 8 pages of errata & schedule of the sale. 12mo. Paris: Musier, Pere, 1771.
([HUQUIER, Gabriel]). Catalogue des Tableaux, Gouaches, Desseins en feuilles & sous verre, Estampes de toutes les Ecoles, Livres d’Estampes & autres curiosités. Du Cabinet de M***. [“Heuquier” [sic] supplied in a cont. hand]. viii, 178 pp. 12mo. Paris: Prault, 1771.