D002 A Large Carved Portrait Bust Of Louis XVI of France - Circa 1950's

                      "Vive le Roi ! 

A large, hand carved, French, vintage, 18th century style, lime washed,  fruit wood portrait bust, as a lamp.  The subject, Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, shown as a handsome young man of 15.

He wears a short, side curled, powdered wig, tied at the back of the neck with a large silk bow.  At his throat is a tied linen cravat or stock, a stiffened neck cloth.  Across his right shoulder he wears the Sash of the Order of the Holy Spirit.  The Order was worn suspended from a sky blue, silk moire ribbon, Le Cordon Bleu. 

This elegant bust on a short socle and standing on custom made, faux marble, circular base.  The bust depicts Louis at the time of his marriage on the 16th of May, 1770, Louis aged 15 and Marie Antoinette 14.  The lamp shown with an ivory, knife pleated silk shade suggestion.

On the day of her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Marie Antoinette became Dauphine de France.  At the death of Louis XV, in May 1774, his son, Louis-Auguste ascended the French throne as Louis XVI.  He was 19.  Marie Antoinette assumed the title of Queen of France and Navarre.

During the Reign of Terror, at the height of the French Revolution, Louis XVI was deposed and the royal family imprisoned.  Marie Antoinette was tried, convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on the 16th of October 1793, nine months after the King.    

As seen in World of Interiors

Circa 1950's

Overall height (including shade) 30"/76 cm approx

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