Porcelain figure of Louis XV as a warrior


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

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.Biscuit porcelain figures are made of unglazed white clay, moulded in a number of different sections which are joined together after firing. They were made to replace sugar sculpture that was placed on the dining table as decoration during the dessert course.

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  • Title: Porcelain figure of Louis XV as a warrior
  • Date Created: 1770/1773
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 24.60cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: biscuit-fired; press-moulded
  • Subject: warrior; arms/armour; architecture; king/queen; crown
  • Registration number: 1992,0106.1
  • Production place: Factory in S
  • Producer: Factory of S. Modelled by . Workshop of
  • Material: porcelain
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from B Dragesco & D Cramoisan Antiques