Pair of Busts: Louis XV and Marie Leczinska
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Rue de Charenton Manufactory; or Chambrette Manufactory (Lunéville)
French, Paris, about 1745 - 1755
Lead-glazed earthenware
H: 1 ft. 8 7/8 in.; W: 9 7/16 in.; D: 9 7/8 in.

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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.