Consisting of four pieces of hand-carved French limestone, this fantastic dolphin fountain element dates to circa 1890 and measures nearly 6.5 feet tall. All four stones are cream-colored and have developed a wonderful patination, but each piece has a varying degree of added gray accent. The water emits from the mouth (2 ¾ inches in diameter) of a stylized dolphin with an upright twisted tail. A molded entablature rests beneath the square plinth of the dolphin and the crest of molding which envelops the scalloped shell basin that is wide and shallow, making it a perfect spill bowl. Beneath the shell are a pair of low relief dolphin carvings that are flanked by two large volutes that accentuate the molding. The final piece of stone is a large block without any embellishments, providing a stable base for the pieces above. Most recently installed at the end of a pool on a large property just outside of Nice, our limestone dolphin fountain element could also be placed in a backyard or against the wall of an interior courtyard.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition, with minor nicks and losses. Light rubs and discoloration to the base stone. Limestone is a natural material that can change color with exposure to the elements.