Item #3927 [STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title). Jean Le Vieil, a k. a. Levieil.
[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)
[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)
[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)
[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)
[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)
Manuscript invoice of an important Parisian glazier, Jean Le Vieil, Vitrier-Peintre sur verre Ordinaire du Roi

[STAINED GLASS / GLASSWORK]. [EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE FROM THE GLAZIER TO THE KING OF FRANCE, DATED 1766]. "Memoir des ouvrages de Vitrerie [...] pour Monsieur de Bonbarde" (caption title)

Paris: 1766. Manuscript on paper (see below). Folio (364 x 244 mm). 8 pp. Original blue silk stitching at head and tail. Horizontal fold, edges creased and worn but the paper stock is strong and clean. Very good. Item #3927

RARE MANUSCRIPT INVOICE OF THE EXTENSIVE WORK OF A WELL-KNOWN PARISIAN GLAZIER, undertaken over a period of five years, in the creation of painted glass in the private residence of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat: Pierre-Paul Bombarde de Beaulieu (1698-1783), Seigneur de Montesquiou, at one time conseiller au Grand Conseil. Pierre-Paul was the son of Geo Paulo de Bombarda (1660-1712), a musician born in Rome who became the immensely rich treasurer to the Elector of Bavaria.

The artist, Jean Le Vieil (1711-1796), belonged to a dynasty of Parisian glaziers; at the height of his career he was appointed "Peintre der verre ordinaire du Roy." He contributed to the execution of the stained glass window friezes of the chapel of Versailles, the castle of Crécy (the property of the Marquise de Pompadour), the cathedral of Paris, the Hôtel de Toulouse, the Collége des Bernardins, and several other important buildings. He and his brother Pierre (1708-1772) were considered to be the most important practitioners of painting on glass. Pierre was also a historian of the art, the author of the still valuable "Essai sur la peinture en mosaique" (1768) and "L'art de la peinture sur verre et de la vitrerie" (first published in the "Encyclopedie," and then in book form, in 1774 with several subsequent editions).

The invoice describes in exceptional detail the painting on glass on M. Bombarde's "hotel" which began in 1761 (!) as is stated on p. 7; evidently the work continued through 1766 (p. 6). The total amount of the invoice is 469 livres. On the final leaf is a note -- signed by Le Vieil -- indicating that 212 livres had been paid. Beaulieu had a younger brother, an important figure in the cultural world of Paris who has almost completely disappeared from historial memory: Paul César Fabrice Bombarde de Beaumé (1702-1766). It is possible that Le Vieil's reference to Beaulieu's "frere" may be identified with this individual, for which see Rochelle Ziskin, "Private Salons and the Art World of Enlightenment in Paris" pp. 33 et seq.).

The present manuscript was written on paper manufactured by Amable Vimal, of the great Vimal dynasty of Riom papermakers, for which see Gauldriault p. 278 and plate 141, illustrating various watermarks, although ours is not among them.

See also Anatole Grandes de Surgeres, "Artistes français des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (1681-1787)."

Price: $950.00