Style Neo-Renaissance / Ref.9386
Four busts of Kings of France, former Beistegui collection
Former Beistegui collection, Chateau de Groussay, France, 19th century
These four Neo-Renaissance style plaster busts represent Kings of France. They are copies of originals from the Renaissance and the 17th century that are in the Louvre.
The first bust, copy of a bronze original, represents Louis XIII. For a long time, this sculpture was attributed to Jean Warin in the museum inventories but today specialists believe it is the work of Francesco Bordoni because it was found in the collection of his son Pierre Bordoni at his death.
The three other busts are copies of works in alabaster and marble from the studio of the famous sculptor Germain Pilon (1535-1590). They are portraits of Henri II, Charles IX and Henri III.
The four kings are wearing coronation clothes, each wearing the chain of the order of Saint Michael around their neck.
These four bust were part of the Beistegui collection in the Chateau of Groussay. They adorned the Dutch Drawing room.
The Chateau of Groussay (in Montfort-l’Amaury in the Yvelines) was the home of Charles de Beistegui, an important art collector and patron. Part of his art collection was donated to the Louvre.
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