Paris, P. Vente 1769.
12mo. xii [r. x], 246, p.
Contemporary gilt-ruled polished tan calf (rubbed), flat spine gilt à la grotesque with a gilt-lettered morocco label, red edges, blue silk marker.
A talented sculptor and frame-maker, “Cayeux had started collecting in the first decade of the eighteenth century…his cabinet was renowned for its examples of ‘our talented modern artists’” (Bailey). Indeed, his rich collection of bronzes, drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures is notable for the number of works of his French contemporaries, including paintings by François Boucher (1703-70) and C.-A. van Loo (1705-76), as well as a nearly complete set of engravings by Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715-90). The total number of individual sheets in the collection must have been well north of one thousand, as many lots list anywhere from five to eighty drawings or prints. Cayeux’s library of some 1400 books was also sold, though the only cataloged portion was his clutch of 18th-century priced art and curiosity auction catalogs — sales at which, no doubt, he was a buyer. One copy in the U.S. (Princeton). In good condition, contemporary title inscription On behalf of your most humble servant Cayeux (tr.) — most likely the collector’s son, Louis-Philippe (d. 1776).
¶Bailey, Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris 21-22; Advielle, Notice sur Philippe Cayeux passim; Blanc, Le Trésor de la Curiosité I: 158-61; Cicognara, Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte e d’antichità 4445; Lugt, Répertoire des catalogues des ventes publiques…1600-1825 1793.