A Soft-Paste Sèvres Biscuit Porcelain Bust of Louis XV, circa 1759
No incised marks
This model is traditionally stated to have been designed to celebrate Louis XV’s outright purchase of the Sèvres factory in 1759. It was accompanied by a matching bust of Queen Marie Leczinska. 14 busts of the king and queen are mentioned in the biscuit kiln records on 24 September 1759. Several were sold set on tapering Sèvres porcelain pedestals decorated with a ground colour and gilding. Examples of these are known in collections today, including a blue and green pedestal painted by Dodin, in the British Museum, and a green and gold one in The Frick Collection.
From the collection of the late Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926-2020), President of France 1974-81.