Bust of Louis XV

This bust shows the French King Louis XV at the height of his popularity, when he was still known as le Bien-Aimé (the Beloved). The artist achieved a remarkably animated likeness, at once elegant and grand. Royal portraits were meant to convey the monarch’s authority and military might and were often displayed in private homes to demonstrate the owner’s loyalty to the king.

After a model attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the younger

French, 1704–1778

Bust of Louis XV

c. 1745

Lead-glazed earthenware (faience fine)

20 7/8 x 10 5/16 x 10 1/16 in. (53.1 x 26.2 x 25.5 cm) Height of top: 14 3/16 in. (36 cm) Height of base (to the top of the tenon): 9 1/8 in. (23.1 cm)

Acquired by the Clark, 2006