This reproduction bust of Marie Antoinette is patinated by hand and made from a mold which is from an imprint of an original work. Every detail reflects the royalist iconography, which implies that, although the exact creation date is unknown, the original bust was probably made during Restoration.
This little-known bust is attributed to one of the Brachard brothers, either the eldest, Jean-Charles-Nicolas or the youngest, Jean-Nicolas-Alexandre. This object is an idealized portrait of the queen instead of the evocation of a sovereign at the height of her power. The head is slightly turned to the right; the shoulders are covered with a swath of fabric for a natural effect; she is wearing a crown decorated with a fleur-de-lis and a row of pearls. As one of the most famous and controversial women in French History, Marie-Antoinette was the object of many artistic representations. Many valuable pieces disappeared during the French Revolution. Fortunately, some copies have survived the upheavals of time.