This beautiful bust of a French king compares closely with the historicising 17th-century terracotta sculpture from the Maine region of France. Compare with the statue of Saint Louis from the church of Notre-Dame, Saulges, by Michel II Lemesle (circa 1689-1692). The very pale terracotta and the facture, particularly the hole to the reverse, compares with the 17th-century Virgin and Child group from the church of Saint-Martin in Vouvray-sur-Huisne.
P. Bardelot, Terre et ciel: La sculpture en terre cuite du Maine XVIe et XVIIe siècles, Paris, 2003, pp. 45, 233