The Sèvres manufacture has produced several porcelain models representing Marie-Antoinette. The sculptor Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is responsible for the oldest bust, dating from 1771.
Made of soft dough and offered in two sizes, it was long attributed to Pajou. During the years when Louis-Simon Boizot directed the sculpture workshops, other portraits of Marie-Antoinette were offered for sale.
This little-known model is attributed to Brachard without specifying whether it is the elder, Jean-Charles-Nicolas or the youngest Jean-Nicolas-Alexandre Brachard, who worked together at the factory between 1782 and 1827.
This time, it is an idealized portrait of the queen and not the evocation of a sovereign at the top of her power, as the Boizot model evoked. The head slightly turned to the right, shoulders covered with a natural knotted fabric, it is capped with a tiara decorated with a fleur de lys and held by a row of pearls.
Everything here is based on royalist iconography, which could imply that the model, whose exact date of creation is unknown, probably dates from the Restoration.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 22 cm.
Width: 13 cm.
Depth: 10 cm.
Period: between 1782 and 1827
Museum: Sèvres - City of ceramics, Versailles - Museum of the castles of Versailles and Trianon
Artist: Jean-Nicolas-Alexandre Brachard