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Pair of Busts: Louis XV and Marie Leczinska

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Busts: Louis XV and Marie Leczinska

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris or Lunéville, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1745–1755

Medium:

Lead-glazed earthenware (faience fine)

Object Number:

86.DE.668

Dimensions:

53 × 24 × 25.1 cm (20 7/8 × 9 7/16 × 9 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

A short-lived Parisian earthenware manufactory probably made these portrait busts of Louis XV and his queen, Marie Leczinska. Its 1747 inventory listed such busts of the French king and queen. Louis XV appears as a youthful military leader, wearing armor and the ribbon of the Order of the Holy Spirit. The factory's modelers based this figure on a bronze model cast by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. The queen wears a low-cut court dress under loose drapery fastened by a brooch. Separately modeled and fired socles with lions crouching behind shields support the busts.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1986

Michel Vandermeersch (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts (October 2, 2008 to July 5, 2009)
  • Henry Moore Institute (Leeds), October 2, 2008 to January 4, 2009
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 31 to July 5, 2009
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 212-13, no. 103, ill.

Munger, Jeffrey H. "A Chantilly Bust of Louis XV in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston." The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar: 10, 11, 12, 13 June 1988, The Dorchester, Park Lane London W1 (London: International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd., 1988), p. 33 (86.DE.668.1 only).

Munger, Jeffrey H. et al. The Forsyth Wickes Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1992), p. 221, under no. 172 (86.DE.668.1 only).

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 123-24, no. 207, ill.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 63-64, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 106, no. 215, ill.

Maire, Christian, et al. Histoire de la faïence fine française, 1743 - 1843: Le triomphe des terres blanches (Le Mans: Éditions de la Reinette, 2008), p. 108 (86.DE.668.1 only).

Droth, Martina, and Penelope Curtis, eds. Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (Leeds: Henry Moore Foundation; Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), pp. 44-47, 59, no. 9, ill, entry by Jeffrey Weaver.