Sèvres hard-paste biscuit medallion of Louis XVI, 1774

Model of 1774


Profile portrait medallion of the king with long hair tied with a bow, a tight cravat and the Saint Esprit sash. In an early nineteenth century square ebonised frame with gilt-copper inner moulding.


Ø 5.5 cm. Unmarked. Frame 10.8 x 10.2 cm.


Given the youthful appearance of the sitter, this must be an early portrait. Several examples of this are known set into Sèvres porcelain plaques dated 1774. So it (and a matching portrait of Marie-Antoinette) were probably produced at the royal factory to celebrate the young monarch’s accession to the throne.