Catalogue raisonné des Tableaux, Groupes et Figures de Bronze, qui composent le Cabinet de feu Monsieur Gaignat, ancien Secrétaire du Roi, & Receveur des Consignations. Par Pierre Rémy. Et celui des Porcelaines rares & anciennes, tant du Japon que de la Chine, de Saxe & de France Effets de Laques, Meubles précieux & Bijoux, Par S. Ph. Poirier, Marchand
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: GAIGNAT, Louis Jean)
Engraved frontis. xii, 92,  pp. of ads. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Vente, 1768. The catalogue of artworks in the collection of Gaignat (1697-1768), secretary of the Cabinet du Roi under Louis XV and famed book and art collector. Blessed with a massive fortune and little responsibility, he formed both an art collection and library considered amongst the grandest of the 18th century. Catherine the Great offered 240,000 francs for Gaignat's pictures but was rebuffed. She eventually purchased Murillo's "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" (no. 59) for 18,000 livres. After a detailed biographical sketch of Gaignat, the catalogue begins with a supposed Mona Lisa, likely a copy by one of Da Vinci's disciples. The sale of pictures, which counted works by Titian, Breughel, Teniers, and Van Dyck, etc., totaled 208,000 livres. The catalogue (241 lots), priced throughout in a contemporary hand with some additional annotations, also describes sculptures, bronzes, porcelain, jewels, etc. Fine copy. Concludes with a list of 34 recent auction catalogues by Rémy. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 20, cols. 170-71.
(Inventory #: 6021)
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