This portrait bust is the second made to replace the earlier version also modelled after a figure by Le Moyne, a close friend of Falconet. Madame de Pompadour is known to have acquired 3 versions of this figure in 1762 and 1763 (Vy 3 fol. 115 v): livré Mme de Pompadour le 25 juin 1762 1 buste du Roy biscuit 144 (livrés); and see item 1316 in the post-mortem inventory. A bust of this type, belonged to her brother, M. de Marigny, Intendant des Bâtiment du Roi, and appeared in the sale catalogue of his collection.
See Emile Bourgeois, Le Biscuit de Sèvres au XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1909, Vol. II, pl. 17. An example from the Elizabeth Parke Firestone Collection was sold Christie's, New York, 21 March 1991, lot 148.