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Jean de Jullienne: Collector and Connoisseur

Jean de Jullienne: Collector and Connoisseur


Jean de Jullienne (1686–1766) was one of the leading French amateurs and collectors of the eighteenth century. He played an important role as editor and dealer, most famously of Watteau’s œuvre, and held an influential position in the French art administration of his time, as director of the Gobelins factory until 1729.


Jullienne’s collection epitomises the most advanced taste of Parisian private collectors of the period. His strong interest in contemporary French art, Netherlandish painting, in sketches, pastels and drawings were all typical or even trend-setting for a new generation of rich Parisian collectors with only loose ties to the French court. The two sales of his collection were major events for the European art market. The watercolour views of his collection in the inventory from 1756, a unique document for the period, are here published in their entirety for the first time.


This exhibition catalogue will present masterworks from Jullienne’s collection, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau, Wouwermans, Netscher, Bourdon, Vanloo, Greuze and Vernet. These are drawn from the Wallace Collection as well as museums in London, Edinburgh, Valenciennes, Berlin and from several important British private collections.

  • Christoph Vogtherr et al.

    152 pages, paperback

    280 x 245 mm, 100 illustrations
    ISBN: 978 0 900785 89 4

  • Contributors

    Christoph Martin Vogtherr, Jennifer Tonkovich, Andreas Henning with contributions by  Léonie Marquaille, Xavier F. Solomon and Marjorie 

    E. Wieseman

  • Exhibition

    Accompanying an exhibition of Jullienne’s paintings collection and a closely related special display of paintings by Watteau, both held at the Wallace Collection, London, 12 March – 5 June 2011, and complements an exhibiton at the same time at the Royal Academy, London, ‘Watteau Drawings: Virtuosity and Delight’

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