La Marquise

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, a lady of the French bourgeoisie, became the intimate confidante and favourite of King Louis XV. She had the three qualities of a king's favourite: beauty, wit and tenacity. A woman of taste and a patron of artists, she is also known for originating the “rocaille” style and redesigning the Sèvres porcelain factory.