Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sèvres Bust of Queen Marie Antoinette 1782

This bust of Queen Marie Antoinette, originally paired with a bust of the King, was commissioned from Sèvres in 1782 by Prince Alexander Borisovich Kurakin (later Russian ambassador in Paris, from 1808 to 1812); the latter visited France with the Tsarevich and his wife, who traveled incognito as the "Count and Countess of the North". 

This biscuit model was made by Louis Simon Boizot—director of the sculpture workshop at Sèvres since 1773—who seems to have heeded criticism of the haughty marble bust of the Queen he made in 1781 for the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and which is now in the Louvre.

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