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Friday, May 13, 2011
The Finest Collection of Natural History Watercolors in the Western Hemisphere-Now Available
Still life with Roses and Anemone
Vellum size: 12 1/2” x 9 1/4”; framed size: 15 1/2” x 12 Signed and dated
Jacques le Moyne de Morgues
(Dieppe ca. 1533-1588)
Vellum size: 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches
Framed size: 16 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches
Provenance: DuMarry (from the inscription on the frontispiece)
Christophe Paulin de la Poix de Freminville (1787-1848)
Butterfly study (P. Idomeneus)
7 x 4 3/4 inches
Watercolor on paper
Inscribed lower right: Amerique Meridionale
Jacques Barraband (1767-1809)
Paper size app. 20 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches
Framed size 30 7/8 x 25 3/4 inches
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Signed: Barraband fecit
Paris, ca. 1800
Passionate collectors of natural history subjects: You have the amazing opportunity to acquire from my gallery the second finest collection of Natural History watercolors in the world and the finest collection in the Western Hemisphere!
The retail price is $80,000,000 for over 5,400 original watercolors on paper and vellum which serve as the templates for the engravings, aquatints, lithographs, woodcuts and chromolithographs that were published and made available to the world. It is the most comprehensive collection in the Western Hemisphere, second only to the Museum of Natural History in London, and in certain areas - like botanical illustration - it is the best in the world. It is the mother lode.
Collections of this depth and quality are the Pride of Nations. In some cases, they reflect over three hundred years of intense collecting activity. Acquiring this collection would not be breaking new ground. Instead, it would immediately move your collection or institution into a position of significant leadership among the great institutions of the world in an areas that has been passionately collected for over 300 years.
We have world class collections of the work of Redoute (132 works), Ehert (34 works), le Moyne (61 botanical works, 2 ornithological), Selby (35 works), Robert (16 botanical works; 23 ornithological), Merian (25 works), Barraband (11 works), Thorburn (3 works), Fuertes (8 works), Peterson (13 works), Wolf (5 works), Hestenburg (7 works), Dietzsch (25 works), Bessa (7 works), Cattrani (13 works), Travies (40 works), Keulemans (8 works), Schouman (17 works), Smith (37 works), Bronckhorst (4 works) to name only a few.
It would be absolutely impossible to build a collection 1/10 this size with unlimited time and unlimited funds.
A brief survey of the collection can be sent to you, and a full catalog is available as well--though it is a foot thick!