Trois trios tires du 2e. livre de trios de Mr. Pleyel arrangés pour le clavecin ou pianoforte par Mme. de B***. Dédiés à Madame Pochet. 

Paris, Imbault, [c. 1789].

Two parts, small folio, [keyboard part:] pp. [ii, verse dedication to Madame Pochet], 32; [violin part:] pp. 11; engraved throughout, plate number 224; some later pencilled fingering in keyboard part; contemporary French straight-grain red morocco gilt, keyboard part with elaborate gilt border on covers in the style of Derome, oval in centre of covers bearing painted initials ‘D L’ on iridescent fabric under mica and surrounded by a border of green morocco stamped in gilt, spine gilt, gilt edges, endpapers covered in blue watered silk, violin part bearing gilt initials ‘D L’ within cartouche in centre of covers, corner fleurons, spine gilt, gilt edges; extremities rubbed, dig in centre of upper cover of keyboard part with consequent cracking of mica, spines slightly chipped at head and foot, short cracks in joints, rear free endpaper of violin part cut away.

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Sumptuously bound and apparently unrecorded arrangements of three Pleyel trios (B 407 in E minor, B 408 in B flat major and B 409 in G major) by the amateur musician Constance-Marie-Thérèse Pochet de Vougny de Boquestant. The music is prefaced by a touching verse dedication ‘A Maman’.

Constance-Marie-Thérèse Pochet married Anne-Marie-Louis de Vougny de Boquestant, a captain in the dragoon regiment of the Languedoc, in September 1788. She was clearly an enthusiastic amateur musician and composer: a portrait miniature of c. 1789 by Louis Sené is in the Tansey Miniatures Foundation on display at the Bomann-Museum, Celle, and depicts her seated at a keyboard, quill pen in hand. On the music stand in front of her is a manuscript entitled ‘Les Alchimistes. Comédie en 2 actes en prose mélée d’ariettes par Madame De B***’.

Provenance: the Marquise de Boquestant, with bookplate; Château du Boulay-Thierry, with bookplate bearing the arms of the Pochet and Vougny de Boquestant families; subsequently in the collection of Gustav Leonhardt (1928–2012; the pencilled fingering in the keyboard part is conceivably in his hand).

Not found in RISM or OCLC.

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