Busto raffigurante la regina Marie Leczinska, XIX secolo
Beautiful terracotta bust of Marie Leczinska Princess of Poland Queen of France (1703-1768)
The young queen carries the Poland princess tiara and fleurdelisé coat lined with ermine queen of France, and a medallion profile of his father King Stanislas Leczinsky.
Late nineteenth century.
According to the marble bust of the queen made circa 1730-1731, preserved at Versailles. (See catalog National Museum of Versailles, The Sculptures, Volume 1 The Museum, Simone Hoog, National Museums, 1993)
Removable pedestal octagonal solid oak moldings.
Dimensions: Height 68 cm. Length 46 cm. Depth 27 cm.
Base 35 x 23.5 x 10 cm.
Marie Catherine Sophie Felicity Leczinska was the daughter of Stanislas Leczinsky, from a very large Polish aristocratic family, elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania under the name of Stanislas 1 in 1704 and Countess Catherine Brin-Opalinska, daughter the Palatine of Posen. She was born June 3, 1703 in Breslau. His early childhood, very troubled during the turbulent reign of his father by departures rushed to the Royal Palace, the long stages by car and makeshift, made Marie a fugitive princess. The avatars of history away his father's throne: she takes refuge any child in Stockholm, then in 1716 began an exile in great material deprivation. The death of Charles XII of Sweden, protector of his father, led to their departure for Wissembourg in 1720 where they received the support of the Regent. The death of a second protective and entrance to the Duke of Bourbon to the Department would change its peaceful, retired life. For the marriage of the young King Louis XV, a complete list of marriageable princesses will be drawn. A first list of 100 names was first proposed, which is entrenched in 83. Marie was one originally but was rejected because of his "low-born" and elected as his father. With a stroke of genius is finally Madame de Prie, influential mistress of the Duke of Bourbon, who took the decision to "misalliance", hoping every princess of an erased, and manipulable as inferior, which was to him: how it was mistaken because it will eventually exiled on his land after the disgrace of the duke. The wedding was said to Versailles on May 27, 1725. Marie was married by proxy in the Strasbourg Cathedral on August 14, said the "journey" like all foreign princesses from marrying a king of France until Moret, where she met for the first time Louis XV. His marriage took place on September 5, the day after their meeting in the chapel of the Château de Fontainebleau. Louis XV then decided to establish his in-laws in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and granted them the huge Royal Estate of Chambord.