A Sèvres Porcelain Bust of Louis XV, circa 1760-69
This is a very rare soft-paste Sèvres porcelain bust of Louis XV after a marble sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. Lemoyne created several marble busts of the King and this one was copied in reduced form at the Sèvres manufactory in un-glazed ‘biscuit’ porcelain. The first two examples that appear in the Sèvres sales records were presented by the manufactory at the end of 1760, one to Louis XV and one to Madame de Pompadour each with a value of 240 livres.
Other examples are known in the collection of the Château de Versailles; in the Musée Lambinet, Versailles; in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard and in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.