(French, 19th century)
[Liberté-Marianne], signed "E. Jannin 1878" and inscribed ["Recuerdo de la Esposition/Universale 1878."], bronze, 33-3/4 in.; accompanying lot is [Paris Universal Expostion, Reports of the United States Commission], Vols. I-V, Washington Government Printing Office, 1880, cloth boards with gilt lettering
Provenance: From the Collection of Daniel Bibb, Atlanta, GeorgiaNote: This rare bronze by Jannin is a portrait of Liberté, also known by the model's name of "Marianne" and a representation of the French republic. She forms the basis of the American interpretation, the Statue of Liberty. This bronze is thought to be the one that was exhibited at the Paris Universal Expostion in 1878 by Jannin.Exhibited: New Orleans Museum of Art, 2006 and the Biedenharn Museum according to the client's records.Please see Reports of U.S.Commissioners to Paris Universal Exposition, 1878. Vol. Ii: Fine Arts, Education, Wood Carving, Textile, Fabrics. [PARIS, FRANCE]: [PARIS. EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE, 1878], 1878. Page 119, "In the three halls devoted to French Sculpture, there were no less that [sic.] 389 works, executed by 189 scupltors. It will, therefore, plainly be impossible to do more than a glance at the principal ones for the limit of this paper are to restricted to do more. This large number of works and of sculptors plainly indicates, however, the warm interest thers is in France in this branch of art, and the large patronage that is given."
some abrasions on nose, corrosion on base, bumping and wear to cloth boards of books, interior foxing