Antique Alabaster Portrait Bust of Philip V of Spain C1920

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Object Description

This is beautiful antique carved alabaster shoulder length bust of Philip V of Spain, after the antique and early 20th century in date.

The superb bust of King Philip V, with long a curls wig, draped with full body armour is mounted on a dark grey stepped square plinth which is inscribed to the reverse 0.48 and bearing a factory seal stamp with the Royal crown.

A similar marble bust on pedestal of Philip V, together with the bust of his second wife Isabella Farnese is at the top of the staircase in the Royal Palace in Madrid.

There is no mistaking its unique design and superb quality, which is certain to attract attention and make it a talking point in any room of your home.

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 38.5 x Width 29.5 x Depth 19
Weight 9.7 kg

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 7 inches
Weight 21.4 lbs

Philip V (Spanish: Felipe; 19 December 1683 – 9 July 1746)
was King of Spain from 1 November 1700 to 14 January 1724, and again from 6 September 1724 to his death in 1746. His total reign of 44 years is the longest in the history of the Spanish monarchy surpassing Philip II. Philip instigated many important reforms in Spain, most especially the centralization of power of the monarchy and the suppression of regional privileges, via the Nueva Planta decrees, and restructuring of the administration of the Spanish Empire on the Iberian peninsula and its overseas regions.

Philip was born into the French royal family (as Philippe, Duke of Anjou) during the reign of his grandfather, King Louis XIV. He was the second son of Louis, Grand Dauphin, and was third in line to the French throne after his father and his elder brother, Louis, Duke of Burgundy. Philip was not expected to become a monarch, but his great-uncle Charles II of Spain was childless. Philip’s father had a strong claim to the Spanish throne, but since Philip’s father and elder brother were expected to inherit the French throne, King Charles named Philip as his heir presumptive in his will. He ascended the Spanish throne in 1700. Philip was the first member of the House of Bourbon to rule as King of Spain. It was well known that the union of France and Spain under one monarch would upset the balance of power in Europe, and that other European powers would take steps to prevent it. Philip’s accession in Spain provoked the 13-year War of the Spanish Succession, which continued until the Treaty of Utrecht forbade any future possibility of unifying the French and Spanish crowns while confirming his accession to the throne of Spain. It also removed the Spanish Netherlands and Spanish-controlled territories in Italy from the Spanish monarchy. In 1724, Philip abdicated in favour of his eldest son, Louis. The new king died later that year, and Philip took the throne again. As a result of his depression, his wife Elisabeth Farnese held control over the Spanish government. When Philip died in 1746, he was succeeded by his son Ferdinand VI.

Phillip’s reign has been generally criticized by historians, though some praise is occasionally offered for his reforms. Historian Stanley G. Payne wrote that “Felipe V was a neurotic, vacillating ruler, concerned with outward decorum and brave only in battle. He had little sense of Spanish interests and needs.”

Our reference: A3292

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:29.5 x H:38.5 x D:19 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    Circa 1920

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