Brussels: Veuve de Braeckenier, Imprimeur-libraire, marche au fromage, No. 322. 1814. First Edition. Softcover. 8vo; 10 pp, plus a blank leaf. On paper faintly tinted blue. 78 lots of paintings; only the first 32 priced (in a contemporary hand). Recent sympathetic wrappers. Two Belgian tax stamps to tail margin of fourth page. Very good. Item #1601
¶ Small but significant art sale catalogue, of which there is only a single copy in the United States (Frick). As we learn from the Getty Provenance Index: "The paintings found in the present sale are claimed on the title page of the catalogue to have been the property of a certain "M. Vanderborcht" who was already deceased. He has not been identified, although he might be the print dealer of this name who is listed in the 1810 commercial almanach of Brussels [...] It is noteworthy that "Vander Borght" is recorded as having purchased six paintings at the present sale, one of which, a landscape by Berchem, the first lot in the sale, was apparently bought in. This implies that "Vander Borght" may have been a corruption of "Vander Borcht" (or vice versa) and that the buyer at the present sale was a member of the same family. However, the remaining five pictures bought by him do not seem to have been bought in, so the matter must remain open. All 78 lots in the sale consisted of paintings, although there is a note at the end stating that in addition to some more pictures to be sold "hors du catalogue," a pair of scales for weighing gold would also be offered. The paintings are clearly organized with the most valuable items at the front of the catalogue, and the prices for the first half of the sale were reasonably high. The last lots brought very small amounts, and the annotators of the various extant copies of the catalogue [including ours] did not bother to record their buyers. The highest price, 1300 francs, was realized by the first lot by Berchem, but as noted above, it was apparently only bought in. [...] Two other lots reached or surpassed 500 francs: A Still life with dead poultry and two figures by Frans Snyders and Rubens was sold for 560 francs, and a landscape by Jan Both went for 500 francs. Both were sold to the dealer L.J. Nieuwenhuys, who bought altogether eleven lots at the sale. Annotations in the MB copy of the catalogue indicate that four of the most expensive of these, including the picture by Snyders and Rubens, were purchased on behalf of "Lerouge," presumably the Parisian dealer Nicolas Lerouge. None of the paintings in the sale have been identified. The subtitle of the catalogue adds useful information: "La vente se faira au comptant, le 27 aout 1814 (le jour après la vente de M. Pauwels), a neuf heures du matin, en la maison de la brasserie de la barbe, chaussée, d'Anderlecht, section III, No. 655, a Bruxelles, sous la direction du notaire Geens."
¶ Provenance: contemporary signature of "Mr. Spruijt" to head margin of title; this individual is C.-J.-F. Spruyt, the art dealer, painter, and curator for Prince Auguste d'Arenburg. The Getty Provenance Index lists 1,402 purchases by Spruyt from 1784-1810.
¶ Besides the Frick copy, OCLC locates KMSK Antwerp and RKD Netherlands only.
¶ Lugt 8579.
¶ Ours is the only copy currently on the market.