NEW - This bust derives from the monumental figure of Flora, goddess of spring, that Carpeaux carved for the Pavilion de Flore at the Tuileries, the Parisian palace of Napoleon III. The "Triumph of Flora" was unveiled to public acclaim in 1866. A few years later the artist exploited his creation by issuing small-scale versions for sale to collectors. Variants of the entire figure ("Crouching Flora") and the head ("Spring") were available in marble, or cast in terracotta, bronze, and, later, ceramic. In keeping with his customary practice, Carpeaux created models for both and left the task of carving to skilled studio assistants. The present work was likely made under the supervision of Samuel Meynier, who developed an improved method of roughing out the marble block, and whom Carpeaux hired to direct his studio.