Overall the condition is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small chips, notably around the bottom edge at the back. A few very minor surface abrasions, including to the tip of the nose. Further condition points may be concealed by the surface slip.
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Private Collection, Paris
The Head of the Genius of Liberty is a detail from François Rude's celebrated relief of the Departure of the Volunteers on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In the relief the winged figure of Liberty rallies the men who surround her with a battle cry. Rude's wife Sophie reportedly posed for the figure. When she tired the sculptor would shout "Cry louder!" in order to recover the enraged expression.
P. Fusco and H.W. Janson (eds.), Romantics to Rodin: French Nineteenth Century Sculpture from North American Collections, Los Angeles, 1980, pp. 352-3, fig. 211