Marie Leszczynska
Marie Leszczynska
Marie Leszczynska
Marie Leszczynska
Marie Leszczynska

Marie Leszczynska

c. 1850 France

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A fine gilt bronze sculpture of MARIE LESZCZYNSKA AS JUNO after the work by Guillaume Coustou (1677-1746).
MARIE LESZCZYNSKA was known as Queen Marie of France. She married King Louis XV of France and was the grandmother of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, and Charles X. She was the longest-serving queen consort of France and was popular due to her generosity and piety.
The life-size marble version of this work was commissioned in 1725 and is now kept in the Louvre having previously adorned an array of royal residencies. It was most probably commissioned by the Directeur général des Bâtiments du Roi, the Duc d'Antin. Guillaume Coustou I was the logical choice for this commission as his elder brother, Nicolas, was already working on the pendant, Louis XV as Jupiter. Upon completion in 1731 both marbles were delivered to the Duc d'Antin's Château de Petit Bourg, where they stayed until the Duke's death in 1736. 
French circa 1850. Numbered 2109.
height:15.5 inches
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