This marble statue by Ignace Broche, started in 1741 in Belfort and finished in 1749 in Paris was taken from an 18th century tomb.
A "Pleureuse" is a statue or painting of a weeping woman typically created to adorn a tomb or grave.
This "pleureuse" (or weeping woman) is a fragment taken from the tomb of Joseph Durey de Sauroy (1711-1770) marqui of Terrail, Marshall of the Kings Army's and Camps. After the first French revolution, the tomb was re-located in 1778 to the Church of Théatins in Paris. It is now in the permanent collection at The Louvre, Paris.
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