[Copenhagen], ?King Christian VI’s Private Press [1731; title dated 1732].
171 x 124 mm.). [ii], p.
Late 19th-century green cloth-backed boards (small stains), gilt-lettered title label.
With: Danneskiold-Samsøe, Christian, greve. Ad I-II: Only Editions, BOTH THE FRENCH- AND GERMAN-LANGUAGE AUCTION CATALOGS OF DANNESKIOLD’S FINE ART AND CURIOSITY CABINET.
Verzeichnüs Derer Sachen, welche sich in denen Schrancken des…Christian Dannesckiolds. Copenhagen, Christian VI’s Private Press 1731. 4to. [i], p. $6800.00
The first four hundred lots describe his Wunderkammer — the naturalia and artificialia apparently listed as they were displayed in two rooms. The museum contained textiles, weapons, ancient sculpture, gems, palm-leaf manuscripts, minerals, metals, pagan charms, shells, coral, carved ivory, exotic woods, crystal, ceramics, pottery, enamel, lacquer, ivory, gem encrusted goblets, glass, a human fetus, a whale penis, runes…. The specimens came from the Americas, Greenland, Russia, Turkey, Africa, East Asia and right around the corner.
The painter Hendrik Krock and the Holstein Gallery curator Georg Saleman described the three hundred seventy paintings. The most important were Dutch Golden Age canvasses by Van Dyck, Rubens, Ruisdael, Rembrandt, etc. Italian painters like Titian, Bassano, Palma and Cignani also figure prominently.
The booklets circulated separately before being bound together. Only the German printing is held by a North American library (one copy). Neither is in Murray, Balsiger or UCBA. Both are in good condition.
¶Ad I: Lugt, Répertoire des catalogues de ventes I: 418 (both editions, ?not seen); Loh, Internationale Bibliographie der…Auktions- und Kunstkataloge. Sonderband 7: 206.
¶Ad II: Bruun, Bibliotheca danica I: 1109.
With: Danneskiold-Samsøe, Christian, greve.
Ad I-II: Only Editions, BOTH THE FRENCH- AND GERMAN-LANGUAGE AUCTION CATALOGS OF DANNESKIOLD’S FINE ART AND CURIOSITY CABINET.