Autographs - French Revolution Guy Gaulard Collection : Part 1

mercredi 20 avril 2022 11:00
Salle Rossini, 7, rue Rossini 75009 Paris
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Autographs - French Revolution Guy Gaulard Collection: Part 1

Lots 1 to 363

"Guy Gaulard is a man of passion, as his collection reflects.

He is first and foremost passionate about his city of Alençon, where he practiced his profession as a pharmacist-biologist, and whose rich architectural heritage he has actively contributed to safeguard.

Passionate about history, and particularly about the French Revolution, he compulsively collected letters, autographed documents and books (the part of his rich library devoted to the colonies and slavery was dispersed by Rossini in March 2019, the one on political economy in November 2020).

More than the great names, he was interested in the events and the actors, sometimes obscure, even the anonymous people, to try to understand how we could go from the Rights of Man to the Terror, then to its overthrow, how finally this Revolution was accepted, followed or rejected. The complex personality of his compatriot Jacques-René Hébert particularly fascinated him.

In public sales, in booksellers' shops, he was passionately looking for significant documents. Thus, at Charavay, he was able to acquire from the late Michel Castaing the enormous collection of conventionals assembled by the Saint-Mandéen Léon Muller, from which many of the items in this catalog come, in particular the series of documents on the days of Prairial.

I remember how excitedly he came to inform me of his recent finds, many of which came from the important collections of Étienne Charavay and Patrice Hennessy.

Through the documents presented here, one can relive the revolutionary days, the parliamentary debates, the popular insurrections, the wars of the Vendée or the Chouannerie, the maneuvers of the emigrants, the troubles in the colonies, in short, history in the making.

The Gaulard collection will remain as one of the great collections on the French Revolution.

Thierry BODIN


Maître Pascale Morelle Marchandet

Head of Department

Clara Quenet

+33 (0)1 53 34 55 13 -

Contact and Clerk in charge of estimates

Frédéric Ferrer

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Thierry Bodin

French Union of Professional Experts in Works of Art

"Les autographes

45, rue de l'Abbé Grégoire 75006 Paris

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Exhibition and sales - in the respect of the sanitary protocol

Salle des ventes Rossini - 7, rue Rossini 75009 Paris

Tuesday April 19th from 11am to 6pm

First part of the sale Wednesday April 20 at 11 am - lots 1 to 363

1st day morning: from lot 1 to lot 110

1st day afternoon: from lot 111 to 363

Second part of the auction Thursday April 21 at 11 am - lots 364 to 704

2nd day morning: from lot 364 to 475

2nd day afternoon: from 476 to 704

For examination of the lots and virtual visits, please contact us : +33 (0)1 53 34 55 13 -

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