This hand-carved limestone village fountain from Provence, France features an octagonal basin with canted top edges. The pillar is comprised of six stones of various sizes, but all are square or rectangular in shape.
A flat square finial with Egyptian cornice molding tops the central column. Another stone below also features the cavetto molding, adding symmetry to the pillar. The stone directly below contains four iron spouts and floret backplates. This same stone and the one beneath it both have canted edges, mirroring the carving of the basin stones. The base stone of the column has cutouts for iron bars (two on opposing sides) that extend to basin stones. The bars are designed to support potted plants or wooden buckets.
Stone fountains in France were originally connected to natural springs and were used as a source for the entire village. The iron bars in the basin would have held buckets while they filled with water. Today, our carved limestone village fountain would make a beautiful complement to any property. The basin has a diameter of just over five feet and will fit well in a variety of gardens. It was hand carved in Provence, France, by expert artisans using centuries old techniques.
CONDITION: Very good condition with intentional distress marks and patina to mimic aging. Stone is natural material that can become darker or lighter from the elements. Several stones have a rust patina from oxidation to the spouts. Please see photos.