Source document: Opuscula historiae artium. 2015, vol. 64, iss. 2, pp. 158-205
ISSN1211-7390 (print)2336-4467 (online)
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Count Ignaz Dominik Chorynsky of Ledská (1729–1792) had a passion for collecting art, but there is limited knowledge of what that passion achieved, in contrast to what is known about the fruits of his enthusiasm as a builder and a cultivated patron of fine art and music. This is so even despite the fact that he was a renowned collector in his time and in 1762 his superb collection of books and paintings, primarily based at his chateau in Velké Hoštice, were included by him in his family trust. The article presents an inventory of the chateau's picture gallery based on a surviving copy from a later date of the original inventory that was drawn up after his death. It also presents a list of the books on art, architecture, gardens and collecting that figured among his property. That list is reconstructed from a partial inventory of his library from the late 19th century and from catalogues published in connection with the sale of a large part of it at three auctions that were held in 1930 and 1932 by Hamburg antiquarians Hans Götz and Franz Dörling. The article also presents detailed findings on the history of the both collections, attempts to reconstruct the themes and authors they consisted of, and identifies several works that were originally part of the painting collection.
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