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Lot 1197: ARCHITECTURE -- LE BRUN, Ch. Divers desseins de decorations de pavillons. L
16 November 2016
2311 RW Leiden, NetherlandsLive Auction
ARCHITECTURE -- LE BRUN, Ch. Divers desseins de decorations de pavillons. Le Brun invenit cum privilegio regis. (Par.), Edelinck, (c. 1686). W. engr. ti. & 13 engr. plates. Lge-fol-obl. 18th c. brds. (Extremities a bit dam./worn, small stamp on ti-p., slightly foxed/thumbed in places). Charles Le Brun (1619-90) studied under François Perrier and Simon Vouet, and became in 1638 Peintre du Roi. He travelled to Rome with Poussin in 1642 and got acquainted with Classicity and Baroque style. This suite depicts the thirteen pavillions erected by Jules Hardouin-Mansart for Marly-le-Roy, a royal residence constructed in an excentric manner. In fact Louis XIV, tired of official receptions and court etiquette, decided to erect a countryside manor, where he could rest and hunt. Mansart conceived an ingenious plan; instead of building a unique huge edifice, he built thirteen pavillions, one of which (Pavilion du Roi) was found on a higher terrace, where the others were aligned on the two sides of a water perspective. The disposition of the pavillions alluded to the twelve signs of the Zodiac which the Sun crosses during his yearly traject. - First edition. Kat. Orn. Berl., 2477; Guilmard, 76-78.
Estimated Price: € 1000