A Meissen bust of Princess Marie Zepherine de Bourbon
A Meissen bust of Princess Marie Zepherine de Bourbon

CIRCA 1753, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK

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A Meissen bust of Princess Marie Zepherine de Bourbon
Circa 1753, blue crossed swords mark
Modelled by J.J. Kndler, looking slightly to her left, wearing a white headscarf with a chrysanthemum tied with a red ribbon, a yellow-lined blue scarf around her shoulders and a bodice decorated with gilt foliage and diaper ornament and indianische Blumen, on a scroll-moulded quatrefoil base (flowers lacking from headscarf and top of bodice, restorations to flower and ribbon, areas of overpainting and regilding)
9 in. (23.3 cm.) high

Lot Essay

Princess Marie Zepherine de Bourbon (1750-1755) was the eldest daughter of Louis, Dauphin of France (1729-1765) and Maria Josepha of Saxony (1731-1767). Kndler also modelled a bust of her brother, Prince Louis Charles de Bourbon (1751-1761), and Augustus III stipulated that both of these busts should have blue eyes. The parents never recovered from the loss of their children; the young prince, in particular, was idolised by both his parents and grandparents. See Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portrait Figures (London, 1987), p. 24 and the similar example sold in these Rooms on 28 March 1977, lot 135 (part), and the example from the Nyffeler Collection sold on 9 June 1986, lot 85.
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