RIGAUD, Jacques (1681-1754)
RIGAUD, Jacques (1681-1754)
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RIGAUD, Jacques (1681-1754)

Recueil choisi des plus belles vues des palais, des châteaux et maisons royales de Paris et des environs. Paris: Chéreau et Basan, [c. 1720-1738].

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RIGAUD, Jacques (1681-1754)
Recueil choisi des plus belles vues des palais, des châteaux et maisons royales de Paris et des environs. Paris: Chéreau et Basan, [c. 1720-1738].
Exceptional copy, complete and richly coloured; only one other coloured copy is recorded in RBH. The magnificent views depict the grandeur of French royal palaces, chateaux and ornamental gardens and parks, and ‘are animated with figures … that suggest the influence of the work of his contemporary Watteau’ (Millard). Among those featured are palaces at Paris, Versailles Fontainebleau, Chantilly, Marly, Saint-Cloud, Chambord, Anet, Blois, Monceau, Clagny, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Vincennes, and Amboise. The present copy is the second issue, with the plates mostly numbered in series and published by Chéreau et Basan. Berlin Kat. 2500 (104 plates only, lacking title). Bobins V, 1562; Cohen-de Ricci 895 (129 plates);
Millard French 146 (124 plates only).

Oblong folio (361 x 540mm). Engraved title and 129 engraved plates after Jacques Rigaud, all fully coloured by a contemporary hand, most of the plates numbered in series (colouring just rubbed in one plate, caption in one plate rubbed). 18th-century red morocco-backed paste-paper boards, spine bands bordered in gilt, green leather spine label, blue mottled edges (gently rubbed); modern red morocco folding box. Provenance: Thomas de Schietere, seigneur de Lophem (inscription recording the volume’s descent to his daughter:) – Madame van Heuren (Maria Anna Jozefina de Schietere de Lophem (1764-1804; second wife of Joseph van Heuren ; by descent to;) — Baron Charles Gillès de Pélichy (1872-1958; Bruges (20th-century booklabel) – [sold Paris, Alde, 6 May 2011].
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