Location: Room VI – Dining room
The bust immortalizes Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1819-1901) with a laurel wreath on the head, in the shape of a symbolic crown, enriched with roses and oak leaves. It is a polished and refined portrait, modeled in pariah porcelain, which imitates the famous Greek marble of Paro.
This image of Vittoria owes her ideation to one of her favorite artists, the Italian Carlo Marochetti (1805-1867), who won the queen’s favor thanks to a portrait of the prince consort Alberto. Vittoria wanted to pose, in 1854, for several sessions in front of the artist, with whom she established a close understanding.
The result was a marble bust finished with particular care, exhibited in 1856 at the Royal Academy in London and today at Buckingham Palace; the model was widely distributed thanks to examples such as this, in parian porcelain, from the renowned English manufacture Minton & Co., who presented the prototype at the International Exhibition in London in 1862.
The bust, normally displayed inside the window to the left of the door that leads to room VII, is exceptionally visible on the first floor, in the apartments of Duke D’Aosta, for the Focus on exhibition, from December 16, 2019 to March 1, 2020 .