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Majestic Gilt Bronze and Malachite Fountain, with Figure of Mercury


This Italian fountain showcases extremely skilled design and craftsmanship, with Classical detailing all-over. It dates to the late 19th century, with later malachite veneer. The fountain is mounted at the top with a gilt bronze statue of the Roman god Mercury, made after the famous 'Mercury Fortuna' by the master Renaissance sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608). The sculpture was so influential that it inspired a number of copies during the neoclassical Revival of the 19th century. Mercury is shown wearing his winged helmet and holding the Caduceus, his staff, in his left hand. He is shown standing on a plinth of air blowing from the mouth of an Anemoi, a Greek god of wind, on a malachite column mounted with acanthus leaf decorations. The column sits inside the centre of the fountain's basin, made from malachite and mounted around the outside with satyrs' heads. The basin is supported by a column which features further gilt bronze mounts, and sits on a floral gilt bronze baluster, all sitting on an octagonal malachite base.


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  • Date of manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Dimensions

    H 86.62 in. x Dm 40.16 in.

    H 220 cm x Dm 102 cm

  • Diameter
    40.16 in. (102 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
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