The “vera da pozzo” or wellhead, is the visible part of the well system in Italy. They were usually made of verona marble, limestone, or even brick and many of the finest examples were produced during the Italian Renaissance. The well you see here has been carved from a northern Italian limestone called Vicenza. It is from the Veneto region, arguably the source of the some of the greatest well heads in existence. Venice alone was said to have over 6000 beautiful examples, many of which were exported during the 19th century.
Smaller than most of the period pieces, this example has an elegant form and includes carved motifs of crinkled ribbon-tied sections of fruit. Above the well, is a black painted forged iron overthrow, complete with pulley wheel and chain. The uppermost portion is a stylized Fleur De Lys, and beneath the wellhead is a base section which consists of large quarter circle stone blocks. Today, wellheads are used as garden ornaments or fabulous planters. Late 20th Century.
CONDITION: Minor rubs to stone and iron with minor restoration. Surface patina from years of weathering.