Dating to circa 1900, this French dolphin fountain consists of two pieces of cast iron that have developed a wonderful oxidized and verdigris patina. The vertical dolphin has a rising tail that intertwines around a bouquet of typha (commonly referred to as cattail or bulrush). Designed to be affixed to a wall, the downward-facing dolphin has an open mouth, allowing water to fill the scalloped shell basin below. The basin has a height of five and a quarter inches, with an existing drainage hole. Both items are highly detailed, from scales of the dolphin to the striations of the shell. The iron has developed a greenish-brown patina with traces of orange oxidation, resulting in exposure to the elements. Our two-piece cast iron dolphin fountain can be attached to any exterior wall or used in an interior courtyard or atrium. It would also make for a one-of-a-kind bathroom sink.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with commensurate buildup, oxidation, and verdigris. The dolphin element is rigged for hanging purposes. For purposes of photography, the dolphin is elevated by a stack of books.