EXHIBITED 1878 PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE & NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
12863. E. TANNIN, BRONZE BUST FROM THE 1878 PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE. 17 x 34 inches. Bronze bust of the French symbol of Liberty, also known as Marianne, from the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle. Marianne was the inspiration for the France's gift America, the Statue of Liberty. This bronze closely resembles the head of Liberty, which was exhibited at the Exposition the same year. Instead of the spiked crown of the liberty statue for America, we see a laurel surmounted by a five pointed star. Symbols of the arts and industries of France are emblazoned on the sash. The bronze has its original finish but shows evidence of past over-zealous cleaning of the base. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art.