This cup was modeled after the breast of Marie-Antoinette; and with the cast immediately destroyed, we are talking of XVIII century very limited edition. It is not attached and can be picked off the tripod. Only one of these has survived. You can see it in Paris at the Museum of Sèvres.
Musical Fete for Cardinal de La Rochefoucauld at Theatre Argentina in Rome, on occasion of the Marriage of the Dauphin, son of Louis XV
This marble bust of Augustus belonged to Cardinal Carpegna. The ecclesiastic adored it so much he turned the miniature into a little shrine, complete with imperial eagle, a pedestal and the bronze prisoners of war seated at its base.
The XVII and XVIII century boudoir depended on these rather rudimentary arrangements; but the eroticism of those centuries also very much depended on proximity. (To be seen at Le Petit Palais in Paris.
A beautiful piece of XVIII century porcelain was decorating a lady's room, or more likely a corner -- judging from the fact that one side of the potty is left perfectly plain; and then judging from the size, it could be a two men's job to empty the thing. (To be seen at the Museum of Sèvres.)
Such a bust of Marie-Antoinette was a porcelain cookie manufactured for mass consumption -- expensive, but still affordable. This particular copy belonged to the Russian ambassador, Prince Kourakin.
Boilly's late XVIII century erotic genre painting got him in a lot of trouble during the days of Terror; luckily he also painted portraits of heroes of the French Revolution, and their sketches and copies he could produce for the Revolutionary tribunals on very short notice.
Count Artois, Louis XVI's youngest brother, offers us a different view of Transition style furniture; here we see a combination of oriental opulence and camp-like decore we will later encounter at Napoleon's residence in Rueil Malmaison.
This antique stone helmet belonged to the eldest son of Louis XIV; but after the dauphin's tragic hunting accident in 1711, the artifact was bequeathed to the father, where the king kept it we don't know, but his son displayed it in a dimly-lit hallway at Meudon.