Height: 24.600 cm
M&ME 1992,1-6, 1
Room 46: Europe 1400-1800
Porcelain figure of Louis XV as a warrior
Sèvres factory, Sèvres, France, about AD 1770-73
To celebrate the Dauphin's marriage
This figure is based on a large bronze statue of Louis XV, king of France (1715-74) by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1715-85), who supplied a small-scale terracotta model to the Sèvres porcelain factory in 1770.
The figure was designed for a large centrepiece of soft-paste biscuit porcelain set out for a dinner on 16 May 1770 to celebrate the marriage of the Dauphin (the future King Louis XVI) and Marie-Antoinette. The King is shown as a Roman warrior, with a sword in his hand, and wearing a laurel wreath, a symbol of victory.
A. Dawson, A catalogue of French porcelai, revised paperback edition (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)