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.
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26 pp. 8vo (208 x 136 mm.), orig. stitching with traces of scotch tape, leaves uncut. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
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.
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.
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).
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...
15,  p. 8vo (189 x 125 mm.), 19th-cent. red cloth (signed “Pierson”), title on spine. Paris: Lottin & Musier, 1762.
A rare and early art auction catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, and bound by Pierson in the red percaline preferred by the Goncourt brothers. Chauvelin, marquis de Grosbois (1685-1762) and Louis XV’s secretary of foreign affairs, was exiled due to the machinations of his rival Cardinal Fleury in 1737 and spent his final years in Paris. He was one of the earliest clients of Watteau.
81 lots, with paintings attributed to or after Raphael, Giorgione, Guido Reni, Bassan, D. Teniers, Neefs, Rembrandt, Champaigne...
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., iv, 106 pp. 8vo (196 x 122 mm.), attractive period-style mottled calf-backed marbled boards, morocco lettering-piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: Constantin, Salle & Chariot; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marneef; Mannheim: Armaaia; London: W. Woodburn, 1817.
Very probably the expert’s copy of this important catalogue; completely priced and with buyers’ names recorded (with running totals) on interleavings. Most remarkably, the four large grouped lots at the end are fully enumerated, also with prices and buyers. In all likelihood, this copy belonged to Constantin’s son, Amédée, or one of his colleagues, since a large number of lots are marked as “payé,” indicating...
96 pp. & interleavings throughout. 8vo (190 x 128 mm.), attractive period-style mottled calf-backed marbled boards, morocco lettering-piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: Constantin et al.; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marneef; Mannheim: Artaria; London: Woodburn, 1816.
A remarkable copy of this important and scarce auction catalogue, which describes the personal collection and stock of paintings of Constantin (1755-1816). All prices and buyers are recorded, with running totals of the winning bids recorded in a contemporary hand on the interleavings. This is very likely the copy that belonged to Constantin’s son, Amédée, one of the experts for the sale, or a colleague of the...
1 p.l., 17 pp. & interleavings. 8vo (186 x 116 mm.), attractive period-style mottled calf-backed marbled boards, morocco lettering-piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: Constantin, Sallé & Chariot, 1817.
An interesting and rare auction catalogue of prints and books that belonged to Constantin (1755-1816), one of the leading French vendors of drawings, from the 1790s until his death. His clients included Empress Joséphine and Johann Friedrich Städel, whose collection established the Städel Museum. The former even named Constantin as her personal curator of paintings, and he compiled the printed catalogue of pictures at Malmaison, published in 1811. Constantin specialized in contemporary art, and befriended artists...
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., 94 pp., 11 pp. schedule of sale. 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), orig. marbled paper wrappers preserved in red morocco-backed marbled boards, black morocco lettering-pieces on spine. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
A rare sale catalogue, priced throughout in two distinct hands and with many buyers’ names, of the first Dubois sale, in which paintings by contemporary French artists and Northern old masters were almost equally represented. The second sale was also conducted by Lebrun, on 20 December 1785 (Lugt 3965), and the third, organized by Paillet, took place on 18 December 1788 (Lugt 4367).
“It was during the 1780s that, for the first time, a number of collections came onto...
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.
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1818.
A very scarce sale catalogue of drawings and prints; we locate no copy in North America. The present example bears a contemporary ink inscription on the title-page recording the seller as a jeweler named “Devoix,” which is supported by Lugt’s examination of other copies. The 1812 Dictionnaire topographique of the Paris area lists a jeweler named “François Devoix” on quai des Orfèvres, no. 42, also noted as the favored jeweler of the prince and princess Borghese.
61 lots, with drawings by Baltard, Boissieu, Demarne, Taunay, Vauzelle, H. Vernet, Veron, etc. Lots 39-61 are individual prints and ensembles. Each entry provides a concise description and measurements.
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.
29 pp. 8vo (206 x 132 mm.), disbound, stitched as issued. Paris: Henry & Olivier, 1815.
The scarce catalogue of an auction directed by Bon-Thomas Henry (1766-1836), first a painter, then a respected dealer and tasteful collector. The supposed consigner “La Baronne de V***ez,” was very probably fictitious. This sale, consisting mostly of Northern pictures, offered 76 lots of paintings and 11 lots of engraved stones. Henry has contributed informative descriptions for most of the pictures. Attributed here to P. de Hooch, lot 36, now at the Frick, is today credited to Hendrik van der Burgh.
Nice copy, a little foxed. Stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on upper wrapper.
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.
30 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo (193 x 120 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Fleuriau de Ponfol & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A very scarce sale catalogue of the collection of La Michodière (ca. 1745-1812) and her husband, Louis Thiroux de Crosne d’Arconville (1736-94), who was guillotined during the Terror. She was the daughter of the politician Jean Baptiste François de la Michodière (1720-97). As the chief of police in Paris, Thiroux supervised the pre-Revolutionary transformation of Paris’s urban landscape with the redesign of the Catacombs as an ossuary, clearing the city’s bridges of housing, and constructing workshops to employ the poor. Not much is...