QUENTIN DE LORANGÈRE -- Edmé François GERSAINT (ca 1696-1750). Catalogue raisonné des diverses curiosités du cabinet de feu M. Quentin de Lorangère, composé de tableaux originaux des meilleurs maîtres de Flandres; d'une très-nombreuse collection de desseins & d'estampes de toutes écoles; de plusieurs atlas & suites de cartes... à la fin une table alphabétique des noms des peintres & graveurs. Paris: Jacques Barois, 2 March 1744. -- Catalogue des livres de feu M. Quentin de Lorangère. Paris: Jacques Barois, 20 April 1744.
Two volumes bound in one, 8o (163 x 93 mm). Engraved frontispiece by Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Elder after Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger. Contemporary French calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece, marbled edges (joints repaired). Provenance: Guyon de Sardière, whose library, including Diane de Potier's books, was acquired in 1759 by the Duc de La Vallière (signature on title); Jean Furstenberg (bookplate).
THE CELEBRATED CATALOGUES OF QUENTIN DE LORANGèRE, a milestone in art-historical research. Gersaint was not only a gifted art dealer, but a serious scholar who turned his sale catalogues (of which that of the Lorengère collection is the most important) into works of reference. He provides the first biography of Watteau, his friend and protégé, and of Lancret and Pater; he gives the first oeuvre catalogue of the engraved work of Callot, supplementing Lorangère's great collection with information gathered elsewhere, and concludes with a concise biographical dictionary of the artists represented in the collection. Charles Blanc celebrated the collection: "Ce catalogue est un véritable livre d'art ... C'est en un mot le meilleur Catalogue qui jamais ait été fait." In addition, Gersaint commissioned Cochin Father and Son, in a rare instance of their collaboration, to produce one of the most delightful engraved representations of an eighteenth-century "cabinet" as the frontispiece; it is here used for the first time and was used twice again in Gersaint's Fonspertuis catalogue, 1747. Lugt appears to have been unaware of the existence of the library sale catalogue; of the twenty-one copies of the art sale catalogue he quotes in the various European collections, only six appear to have all the prices, a further two some or numerous prices. Blogie II, col. 5; North 75 (books).