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Antique French Bronze Two- Tier Fountain C. 1880

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Antique French Bronze Two- Tier Fountain C. 1880 Featuring a Hippocamp, Mermaids, Childrens Masks, Putti and Dolphins- Multiple Spouts-Very Good Antique Condition-Minor corrosion in areas ; slight bowing to bowls consistent with age _ Circa 1880This magnificently detailed antique French bronze two-tier fountain is exceptionally well appointed. At the uppermost point is a hippocamp, a half winged horse/half fish, rearing, with his head and spout pointed upwards. His body is resting upon a stylized rock in the 1st water basin. The pedestal to this basin is flanked by two mermaids with twin tails blowing horns on a rocky pediment within the second water basin. The underside of this basin has four volutes ornamented with childrens foliate masks having spouts in their mouths. The pedestal to this basin is surrounded by four seated putti musicians playing flutes, a tambourine, a lyre, and a horn. Four dolphins with raised tails decorate the base and are interspersed between each putti. The ornamentation on the underside of the basins is scrolling rinceaux, elongated three sided panels with beading.Antique French bronze fountains are rare to find, especially in this condition. This one could be mounted in a pool or basin outside or used as a beautiful bronze piece of statuary inside. The pump-fed spouts include the hippocamp and the 4 dolphins at the base. Gravity pushes water outside the childrens masks as well. It is completely plumbed on the inside and works best with a 'double exhaust' fountain pump.Please let us know if you would like more information or photos of this exceptional fountain.H=79 1/2, Lower Basin Diameter=43 1/4, Footprint Diameter=19 7/8

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Estimate $22,367 – $29,249
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