Matthew Barton Ltd European Works of Art - Thursday 23rd May 2019
A MEISSEN OUTSIDE DECORATED PORTRAIT BUST OF PRINCESS MARIE-ZEPHYRINE DE BOURBON SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775) with white patterned headscarf and applied flower corsages a puce drape across her shoulders 24cm high Princess Marie Zepherine de Bourbon (1750-1755) was the daughter of Louis Dauphin of France (1729-1765) and Maria Josepha of Saxony (1731-1767) and the granddaughter of Augustus III of Saxony under whose aegis the portrait busts of her and her brother Prince Louis Charles de Bourbon (1751-1761) were commissioned in about 1753. See Len & Yvonne Adams ‘Meissen Portrait Figures’ London 1987 p.24. Provenance: Meissen Figures from the Barlow Collection the collection started by Sir Thomas Dalmahoy Barlow GBE (1883-1964) banker and industrialist also known as an art collector and historian; added to by his son Basil Stephen Barlow (1918-1991); thence by family descent.