Sèvres XIXe Rare Statue -série Des Grands Hommes- flag

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"Sèvres XIXe Rare Statue -série Des Grands Hommes-"
Royal Sèvres porcelain factory 19th century Rare important biscuit subject from the series of Great Men featuring the writer Jean Racine by the sculptor Louis Simon Boizot (1743-1809). Good condition, to note some chips. Marked: Sèvres 86.PD.11.LV. DIMENSIONS: 38cm high X 30cm deep X 24cm wide.

The director of the King's Buildings, the Count of Angiviller, commissioned in 1776 the greatest sculptors of the Royal Academy of statues to represent illustrious French people and thus commemorate national glories. As they are made, these sculptures are presented at the Salon which is held at the Louvre every two years (from 1777 to 1789). Intended to decorate the Great Gallery of the Louvre, this series called Illustrious Men of France or Great Men of France, remains under the Ancien Régime in reserve at the Louvre in the room of the Antiques (room of the Caryatids) to finally be dispersed between the Louvre , Versailles and the Institut de France. As administrator of the royal manufactory of Sèvres, the count of Angiviller, in 1782, asked sculptors to also create reductions in terracotta to be made in biscuit; what is recorded in a letter to Régnier “I believe, Sir, to have already spoken to you of the plan in which I wish to have the statues of the Great Men executed in porcelain, which his Majesty has already had executed in marble by the principal sculptors of his Academy. Indeed, I have reason to believe that these songs will be very successful and will be bought with eagerness. So I have already instructed Mr. Pierre to ask the artists who made these pieces earth models to form the necessary hollows. "It was King Louis XVI who acquired the first biscuit copies for display in his library in Versailles. Others will also be produced and given as diplomatic gifts. However, commercial success did not follow. Of the twenty-seven statues made in marble, twenty-three were produced in bisque under the Ancien Régime: Aguesseau, Bayard, Bossuet, Catinat, Condé, Corneille, Descartes, Duquesne, Fénelon, La Fontaine, L'Hospital, Luxembourg, Molé, Molière, Montausier, Montesquieu, Pascal, Racine, Rollin, Sully, Tourville, Turenne, and Vauban. The Directory will complete the series with Montaigne and d'Alembert; the Empire in 1806 will add: William the Conqueror, Duguesclin, Gustave-Adolphe, Frederick II, Caesar, Annibal, Christophe Colomb, the first Medici, Prince Eugene, Homer, Virgil, Le Tasse (but only the last three will be made under his reign given the late deliveries of the sculptors); It was also under the Empire that sixteen figures from the original series were selected for reprints. One of Napoleon's first diplomatic presents was that made to the Grand Duke Charles II of Baden on April 6, 1806 on the occasion of his marriage to the Emperor's adopted niece, Stéphanie de Beauharnais.
Price: 3800 €
Artist: Louis Boizot Pour Sèvres
Period: 19th century
Style: Napoleon 3rd
Condition: Good condition

Material: Biscuit

Reference: 733570
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