Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
Made at the Sèvres porcelain factory; Louis XVI modelled by Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809).
Museum no. C.367&A-1983
The use of biscuit (unglazed) porcelain for ceramic sculpture was a major innovation of the Vincennes and Sèvres factories in the 1750s. Sèvres biscuit figures were originally intended as dessert table decorations, but were also displayed in room interiors from the 1760s. They were more expensive to make than glazed and enamelled figures, as flaws in the modelling or firing could not be concealed.
Presented to Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, India, in 1788