Catalogue des Tableaux, Gouaches, Desseins en feuilles & sous verre, Estampes de toutes les Ecoles, Livres d'Estampes & autres Curiosités. Du Cabinet de M***…
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: [HUQUIER (or Hucquier), Gabriel])
viii, 178, 11 pp. of sale schedule. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (expertly rebacked, title with short tear to blank outer margin), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Prault, 1771. An uncommon sale catalogue with an important collection of illustrated books. Huquier (1695-1772), a leading engraver and publisher of his time, not only earned commissions from Watteau, Gillot, and Meissonnier, but also executed numerous works in the realms of interior decoration and architecture for Jacques de la Joue and Charles Parrocel. During his illustrious career, he produced 970 works, including 362 designs for Watteau, which earned him "a funeral conducted with much pomp and attended by an array of clergy who sung a mass in his honor."-Benezit, Vol. 7, pp. 471-72. 1518 lots, including 73 paintings and framed drawings, 215 drawings on paper, many lots of prints, and 329 books from his personal library. The illustrated books (lots 463-890) are a remarkable collection of all the classic architecture and ornament works of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as festival and costume books, cabinet catalogues, and works on machines, perspective, costume, and anatomy. Huquier's print collection was also especially rich and extensive. The sale began on 1st July 1771. Fine copy with the rare sale schedule. ❧ Lugt 1944. (Inventory #: 6074)
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