Cast in Northern France, this cast stone garden well features a scrolled iron overthrow with geometric crown. The embellished well head has thick molding at the top and bottom, with different size briquetés in between, which is a decorative element that simulates laid bricks. Beneath each upper molding is a leaf cup with roundel terminal, topped by a molded rectangle. Two margin stones lie beneath, forming a hexagonal base that mirrors the well head above.
Well heads have been used for centuries in Europe. Originally, they were purely functional: to prevent citizens from falling into open wells and to protect the town’s water supply. Over time, the well heads (known as puteals) became highly decorative, often depicting battles, religious acts, or mythological scenes. Our cast stone garden well from Northern France has an interior diameter of 26 inches, allowing it to be used as a large outdoor planter or garden ornament.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor rubs, scratches, and buildup to stone. Oxidation to iron.