Made from tin-glazed pottery, known as faience, this antique French interior wall fountain is from circa 1880. All three sections that comprise the fountain have been hand-painted in cobalt blue and white, reminiscent of Delftware that was popular in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The top section is in the form of a French-style dolphin, with a raised tail and a mouth that features a small excavation for a waterspout. Beneath the dolphin’s head is a scalloped shell basin with volute valves that rests upon a foliate column embellished with C-scrolls and subtle fluting. A perfect wall fountain for a covered entryway or foyer, our unique blue and white dolphin wall fountain is a charming example of hand-painted French faience from the 19th century. This piece can also be used as a pedestal sink in a powder room, using contemporary wall mounted fixtures on either side of the dolphin.
CONDITION: Strong antique condition, with fleabites, light buildup, and minor paint losses. Professional restoration work to the basin to repair some craquelure. We recommend mortaring the sections together during installation to ensure stability. Please see photos.