Catalogue raisonné des Tableaux, Dessins, Estampes, Figures de bronze & de marbre, & Morceaux d'histoire naturelle, qui composaient le Cabinet de feu M. Poullain, Receveur Général des Domaines du Roi; Suivi d'un Abrégé historique de la Vie des Peintres dont les Ouvrages formoient cette Collection. Par J.B.P. Le Brun. Le Catalogue des Vases, Porcelaines, Meubles de Boule, & autres Effets précieux, est de Ph. F. Julliot fils. La Vente s'en fera le Mercredi 15 Mars 1780, & jours suivans…
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: POULLAIN, Antoine)
Engraved frontis. (by Le Brun). xvi, 162, 16 pp. of sale schedule. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Paris; London; Amsterdam; Brussels: 1780. A rare interleaved copy, fully priced throughout in an attractive hand, with buyers' names. Poullain (dates unknown), in charge of tax collection in France, was himself an amateur painter and collected works by Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Metsu, etc. He developed a close friendship with the painter Casanova, who advised him on his collecting. Poullain amassed an especially rich group of Flemish paintings, as well as several Claudes. Many of the paintings came from the cabinets of the Comte de Bruhl, Blondel de Gagny, the Prince de Conti, Lubbeling, Randon de Boisset, the Comtesse de Verrue, the Duc de Choiseul, Braamkamp, and the Prince de Carignan. The present catalogue begins with an interesting treatise on painting, sculpture, and the value of art. The paintings section is followed by thoughtful biographical sketches of the artists in the collection (pp. 71-126). Fine copy. 276 lots. The final four pages list Le Brun's earliest sale catalogues from 1771 to 1780. This copy also includes the 16-page schedule of the sale, not known to Lugt. ❧ Lugt 3106. Benezit, Vol. 8, pp. 596-97 (Le Brun)-"He exhibited at the Salon in 1793, 1795 and 1797. However, Le Brun was more significant as an art dealer, collector and writer than as an artist. He contributed articles to the Journal de Paris and was instrumental in defining the northern European school of art, introducing it to a wider audience…".
(Inventory #: 6093)
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