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(POLIGNAC, Melchior de)
Etat et Description des Statues tant colossales que de grandeur naturelle, & de demie nature, Bustes grands, moyens, & demi Bustes, Bas-Reliefs de différentes espéces, Urnes, Colonnes, Inscriptions, & autres Ouvrages antiques, tant Grecs que Romains, trouvés à Rome; assemblés, & apportés en France par feu M. Le Cardinal de Polignac: A Vendre, En total ou par parties, dans les temps qui seront indiqués
40 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. Paris: J.B. Coignard, 1742. An extremely rare catalogue of "one of the most important and renowned collections of antiquities assembled in the 18th century."-Astrid Dostert, "La description historique des antiques du cardinal de Polignac par Moreau de Mautour…", Journal des savants, 2001, Vol. I, pp. 93-152-(an extremely informative article). Cardinal Polignac (1661-1742), an influential diplomat and art connoisseur, played an important role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Utrecht as well as maintaining close ties between France and the Vatican. Pope Alexander VIII is believed to have said to him: "I do not know how you do it; you seem to always be on my side, and I always end up on yours."-N.B.G. Polignac spent a considerable amount of time in Rome and organized archaeological digs from which he built the collection described herein. He read both Latin and Greek and developed not only a comprehensive knowledge of ancient civilization but also a refined eye for antiquities. So esteemed was this collection that following Polignac's death, Frederick the Great purchased the bulk of the collection to fill his houses at Charlottenburg and Sanssouci in Potsdam. Many of those objects are now found in the museums of Berlin. A fine copy. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 40, cols. 607-10.
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