Figure of Louis XIV

Golden sculpture of a seated Louis XIV, holding a raised scepter and a shield at his left side

Attributed to Domenico Cucci (ca. 1635–1705) and Workshop
Figure of Louis XIV 
Manufacture des Gobelins, Paris, 1662–64
Gilt bronze and porphyry
13 5/8 × 11 15/16 × 7 1/16 in. (34.6 × 30.3 × 17.9 cm)
Gift of Alexis Gregory, 2021
Photo Joseph Coscia Jr.


This sculpture, which may have been part of the so-called Cabinet of Apollo made after designs by Charles Le Brun, was among the first works of art produced at the Gobelins for Louis XIV of France (r. 1661–1715). The subjects depicted were intended to celebrate the king’s glory at the close of a lengthy war against Spain. Louis XIV is shown seated on a lion’s pelt—associated with Hercules—wearing armor, and draped in a cloak. He holds a scepter and an Apollo shield, one of his emblems. The upper part of the shield has been partially erased. The lion’s pelt, porphyry rock, and scepter are later additions.

  280 — (1) Curator's Reflection (English) (2) Curator's Reflection (French)
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