1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.
The scarce, triumphant catalogue of paintings recovered from the French and exhibited in 1816 at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts — now known as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Academy was founded in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger. We locate no copy of this catalogue in North America.
Successive French occupations in the 1790s had led to the confiscation of Antwerp’s greatest cultural treasures from churches, museums, and private cabinets. A number of pictures by Rubens were among the spoliations. In the aftermath of...
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1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.
26 pp. 8vo (208 x 136 mm.), orig. stitching with traces of scotch tape, leaves uncut. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A scarce sale catalogue of drawings and prints; we locate only one copy in North America. Alibert, a print dealer, died in 1803, and his shop’s stock was dissolved by Regnault-Delalande the same year (Lugt 6612); the Getty Provenance Index entry suggests that this auction consisted of property belonging to an heir of Alibert.
144 lots total, including drawings (by Boissieu, Lantara, M. S. Mérian, Palmieri, etc.), and a substantial group of Old Master and contemporary prints.
24 pp. 8vo (202 x 127 mm.), disbound, orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape. Paris: Delaroche & Gendron, 1814.
A scarce catalogue with nearly all prices provided in contemporary manuscript. 81 lots of paintings in total, including the works of Cuyp, van Dyck, Giordano, I. van Ostade, Potter, Raphael, Rubens, D. Teniers, J. Weenix, Wouwerman, etc.
Good copy, with a half-title fashioned in manuscript. The copy at the Frick has only a few prices recorded. Stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on manuscript half-title.
Finely engraved frontis. (mounted on a stub at an early date). xvi, ix-xii, 306, lv pp. Small 8vo (165 x 100 mm.), cont. mottled sheep, green morocco lettering-pieces on spine, spine gilt. Paris: P. Prault & J. Barrois, 1747.
The uncommon catalogue of one of Gersaint’s great auctions, with his customary erudite descriptions. The Vicomte de Fonspertuis (1669-1747), “despite a Jansenist education, entered whole-heartedly into the life of the royal court and won the favour of Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans. He developed his love of art through his maternal uncle, Du Vivier, who bequeathed him his remarkable collection, rich in curiosities, East Asian porcelain and...
20 pp. 8vo (214 x 137 mm.), cont. blue paper wrappers (a bit worn), orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape, uncut. Paris: Olivier & Henry, 1816.
A very scarce sale catalogue; the copy at the British Library was destroyed in World War II. Baget (1743-1821), a French general during the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, amassed a choice collection of mostly Northern and contemporary French paintings. This sale’s expert, Henry, equivocates about the quality of the collection in the frank Avant-Propos.
The catalogue describes 131 lots of paintings, offering the work of I. van Ostade, Fragonard, M. Gérard, S. Ruysdael, Steen, Le Prince, Moucheron, J....
47 pp. Small 8vo (169 x 102 mm.), modern marbled boards, gilt title on spine. [Paris: 1747].
A scarce and early auction catalogue dispersing a substantial collection of paintings belonging to a “Baron de Banckheim,” possibly a fictitious provenance. We also do not know the expert in charge of this sale, but we do see that they borrowed heavily from the celebrated catalogues of the leading art dealer of the time, Edme François Gersaint (1694-1750). The foremost scholar on Gersaint, Guillaume Glorieux, writes that a number of catalogues of this period plagiarized the authoritative biographies of artists composed by Gersaint.
This catalogue offers 121 paintings, many of which are thoroughly described, with measurements provided. Most of the pictures are by Dutch and Flemish artists, such as J. van Ruisdael, Jordaens, Hondius, G. van Honthorst, etc.
Imperial coat-of-arms vignette on title. xii, 28 pp. 8vo (215 x 132 mm.), late 19th-century blue sheep backed-marbled boards (upper & lower joints split but holding), title on spine. Paris: L’Auteur, 1809.
The large-paper version of this unusually finely printed auction catalogue detailing the personal collection of a history painter who was reçu by the Académie Royale in 1761. Belle (1722-1806), a pupil of François Lemoyne, worked at the Gobelins manufactory from 1755, where he adapted pictures by his contemporaries as well as his own designs into painted tapestry cartoons. His lengthy career saw him commissioned by the Comte d’Angiviller to design a tapestry...
1 p.l., xiii, , 40 pp. 8vo (200 x 128 mm.), cont. blue paper wrappers, stitched as issued & strengthened with clear tape. Paris: Delaplace-Gérardin & Regnault-Delalande, 1822.
The very scarce sale catalogue detailing the sizable and choice collection of a celebrated engraver. Bervic (1756-1822), best known for his skillful works after Callet, J. B. Regnault, Guido Reni, and Raphael, studied under Le Prince, as well as Wille, who considered him one of his most promising students. A clerical error is the reason for being given the name Balvay, instead of, correctly, Bervic. “Bervic was greatly respected and honoured in his own lifetime. Louis XVI accommodated...
24 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A very scarce auction catalogue marking the dissolution of Pierre Blaizot’s inventory; WorldCat records no copy in North America. Despite the lengthy interval between his death and this sale, we can identify the seller as Pierre Blaizot (1740-1808) due to the offerings in the present catalogue — prints, maps, and luxury paper — that match the description of his business on the BnF Data site. Blaizot’s page on the site notes that he was orphaned at age 9, but managed to set up an office...
8 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Bezançon & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A scarce auction catalogue offering the contents of a bankrupt dealership, owned by “Blankenstein.” A chapter in a 1994 text on Franco-German relations during the French Revolution (cited below) mentions an Alexandre Guillaume Blankenstein, a converted Jew from Frankfurt, originally named Aron Levi Wetzlar, who opened a luxurious bookstore on the quai Malaquais around 1810, which then went under three years later. We know of two suites of prints published by Blankenstein. The title-page of this catalogue mentions that a judge has ordered this bankruptcy sale.
44 lots of paintings, drawings, prints, and engraved plates. Lot 35 consists of the 149 (of 179) original engraved plates used to print the famous suite known as the Cabinet Crozat (the Mariette edition of 1729-42).
iv, 34 pp. Small 8vo (198 x 130 mm.), stitched as issued (spine a little defective). Paris: Delaroche & Bonnefons de la Vialle, 1814.
A scarce sale catalogue, with many contemporary pencil annotations recording the prices and buyers. Brisebarre (d. 1813) was an administrator at the Banque de France, and this auction took place at his home on rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, no. 38. The present sale was postponed from 5 April to 6 June (hence the two Lugt numbers), probably due to Napoleon’s return from exile; the correct date has been written in on the title-page of our copy.
This catalogue describes a total of 182 lots, with a large number of modern French paintings. We find works by Boucher, Bruandet, Bidault, Boissieu, Demarne, Drolling, Hue, Lantara, Mlle. Jenny Legrand, Lespinasse, Meunier, Nicolle, Saint-Martin, Senave, Taunay, etc. Nearly all of the prices and more than half of the buyers’ names have been noted in the margins.
1 p.l., ii, 20 pp. 8vo (190 x 125 mm.), orig. printed wrappers bound in early 20th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Chariot & Ch. Paillet, 1817.
A very scarce sale catalogue, fully priced and with a number of buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, apparently offering the fruits of this collector or dealer’s travels in the Netherlands. The title-page of the British Library copy bears an inscription that identifies the consigner as “Barbier, Md. de Tableaux,” but we cannot be certain whether this is the provenance for the entirety of the sale. This sale’s expert, Charles Paillet, notes in the introduction that only...
38 pp. 8vo (205 x 133 mm.), self-bound, orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape. Paris: Clisorius & Sibire, .
A very rare sale catalogue of paintings, drawings, and prints; WorldCat locates no example in North America. The sale was administered by Clisorius (n.d.), a mid-level paintings dealer, whose involvement in art auctions began in March 1802. He held a number of auctions to dissolve the inventory of other art dealers. Inscribed on the copy of the British Library is “de Mr. Lavoisière ancien négociant,” suggesting this was one of those stock sales.
The present catalogue describes 289 lots, including pictures by van Dyck, Parrocel, Bruandet, C. Netscher, Largillière, Guido Reni, Porbus, Goltzius, Castiglione, Porbus, A. Brauwer, Bril, etc. The first 248 lots are paintings. Each entry provides a concise description and measurements.
1 p.l., 21 pp. 8vo (201 x 129 mm.), late 19th-cent. morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a little rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Constantin & Chariot, 1815.
An interesting copy of this rare auction catalogue, with a number of marginal notes and all prices in a contemporary hand. The annotator has also added “de Mr. Le Comte Français” on the title-page. This note contradicts the Avertissement in which Constantin writes that this collection was assembled by an anonymous artist over the course of several trips abroad.
Constantin (1755-1816) was one of the leading French art dealers of the period, from the 1790s until his death...
1 p.l., 12 pp. 8vo (218 x 140 mm.), mid-19th century marbled boards (spine worn), spine gilt, uncut. Paris: Metzinger & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A very rare auction catalogue for the sale of Cossé-Brissac (1746-1813), count of the Empire, chamberlain to Napoleon’s mother, and politician. His remains were placed in the Pantheon. This was a mixed sale of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, and ceramics.
42 lots. It details 24 lots of paintings by Brueghel the Elder, Champaigne, Maratti, Rembrandt, Teniers, ter Borch, Vermeer, S. Vouet, Ph. Wouwerman, etc. Each entry provides a concise description, technical notes, and measurements.
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Potier & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A very rare auction catalogue of primarily paintings, issued by the prolific expert François Léandre Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824); we locate no example of this volume in North America. This was Regnault-Delalande’s 300th public sale catalogue The seller’s first name is unknown, but Daguilan was secretary-general of the prefecture of the department of Deux-Nèthes, which comprised parts of present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.
72 lots, 68 of which are paintings lots. It includes works by Boullogne, A. Brauwer, J. van Goyen, Kalf, Lucas...
31,  p. 8vo (196 x 134 mm.), disbound (a few leaves loose), traces of orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape. Paris: Delaroche & Gendron, 1814.
A rare auction catalogue of a sale administered by Delaroche, partially priced in a contemporary hand. According to the Getty Provenance Index, most of the paintings were owned by Delaroche himself, and in the Avertissement he states that a number of the pictures have appeared in recent auctions.
115 lots. Paintings by Bolognese, Giorgione, L. Bakhuizen, Boilly, An. Carracci, Cignani, Canaletto, Cuyp, Jordaens, Lippi, Le Brun, Moucheron, Neef, C. Netscher, Poelenburg, Guido Reni, Rubens, Rembrandt, S. Ruysdael, Schedoni, Tintoretto, J....
2 p.l., ii, 20 pp. 8vo (202 x 127 mm.), modern marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Pérignon & Chariot; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marnef; Ghent: Spruyt; Manheim: Artaria; London: Wood Burn, 1816.
A scarce auction catalogue issued by the expert Alexis Nicolas Pérignon (1785-1864), who presided over a number of important sales — Constantin, Denon, J.L. David — in the 1810s and 1820s. He was also appointed the commissaire-expert des Musées Royaux, a prestigious title once held by the leading dealer and taste-maker Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813). Dufresne, the consignor to this sale, was a wealthy stockbroker.
This catalogue describes 65 lots, including paintings by Bega, N. Berghem, Brauwer, B. Breenbergh, Dou, Dujardin, Metsu, A. & I. van Ostade, Steen, Teniers, Ph. & P. Wouwerman, etc. Some of the entries have extensive notes, and measurements are provided for most pictures.
viii, 32 pp. 8vo (212 x 138 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (a little sunned), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1824.
A rare sale catalogue issued by the prolific expert Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), describing the painter’s extensive collection. This copy is printed on large paper and begins with a valuable biography of the artist. Gounod (1758-1823) was a pupil of Lépicié; his first appearance at the Paris Salon was in 1799. His son Charles became a famous musician and composer.
192 lots. The catalogue describes paintings by S. Bourdon, Chardin, van Dyck, Gounod, La Tour, Miel, and Rembrandt; drawings by Bouchardon, Ant...
31 pp. 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), self-bound, stitched as issued, leaves uncut. Paris: Deschambeaux & Regnault-Delalande, 1823.
A very rare auction catalogue for the collection of an obscure engraver and print-dealer; we locate no copy in North America. We have not been able to identify Guiot or any of his works, but the entry for prints by him in this catalogue provides his birth and death dates (1790-1823) and reveals that he was taught by the engraver Fortier (presumably Claude François).
107 lots comprising an extensive collection (or stock) of prints by contemporary and Old Master artists.
24 pp. 8vo (200 x 126 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A scarce sale catalogue of an artist’s personal collection; this copy is addressed on the title-page to the famous art collector Cardinal Fesch (1763-1839). Kymli (ca. 1748-ca. 1813), the court painter of Bavaria, constituted a choice collection of pictures by painters such as Caravaggio, J. Asselijn, N. Berghem, S. Bourdon, A. Brauwer, L. Carracci, Champaigne, J. van Goyen, Hoet, Holbein, Dujardin, Kalf, Miel, Molnaert, C. Poelenburgh, J. Ruysdael, Schedoni, Tiepolo, J. Vernet, Vien, etc.
175 lots. For each attributed painting, a concise description and measurements are provided. In the Avertissement, Regnault-Delalande states that the pictures will be sold according to the attributions under which Kymli originally purchased them and are not subject to return.
2 p.l., 60 pp. 8vo (189 x 131 mm.), late 19th-cent. marbled boards, red sheep lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Laneuville, Henry & Bonnefons de la Vialle, 1821.
A scarce sale catalogue of paintings and several drawings, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand and several marginal notes, along with a curious letter bound-in at the end. The contents of this sale were probably drawn from the stock of Laneuville (1748-1826) and Bon Thomas Henry (1766-1836). One hand, in ink, has recorded all but a few prices, while another, possibly later and in pencil, has noted the provenance of one picture and several occasions when...
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.
1 p.l., ii, 58 pp. 8vo (205 x 134 mm.), cont. blue paper wrappers bound in brown crushed morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Paillet & Boileau, An X [i.e., 1802].
A rare auction catalogue describing the large picture collection (or inventory) of the history painter Martin (1737-1800). A pupil of Vien and Cipriani, he became an associate of the Académie in 1771, exhibiting at the Salon until 1798. According to the entry in the Getty Provenance Index written by Benjamin Peronnet, Martin, starting in 1776, became a part-time dealer, which was against the rules of the Académie. The...