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Bust of Louis XV

Made at the Rue de Charenton manufactory, Paris, 1743 - 1788

Made in Paris, France, Europe

c. 1745

Lead-glazed earthenware (faience fine)

Height: 20 7/8 inches (53 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 360, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of Blanche P. Levy, Daniel H. Farr, Henrietta Graff, Mae Wagstaff Moore, The Torrey Collection, and Mrs. Arthur Hacker, Mrs. Alfred Stengel, and Mrs. George H. Stuart III, 2003

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This bust of Louis XV (King of France from 1715 to 1774) shows the ruler wearing a cuirass—body armor that protects the torso above the waist—and a ribbon of the “Ordre du Saint-Esprit” (Order of the Holy Spirit). This figure was probably modeled on one of the several busts of Louis XV by French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (1704-1778).

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