Medieval Veneto-Byzantine Style Cast Well Head with Iron Overthrow

$2,800.00

Medieval Veneto-Byzantine Style Cast Well Head with Iron Overthrow

$2,800.00

Description

Known in Italy as la vera di un pozzo, this well head with iron overthrow has been cast in the Medieval Veneto-Byzantine style. In other parts of Europe, well heads are called puteal, which are highly decorative enclosures designed to prevent citizens from falling into open wells and to protect the water supply.

Each side of the octagonal well head has a niche with turned columns and geometric shaped patterns on the arches. There are four distinct scenes beneath the arches that alternate in pairs. The scenes all have animal and vegetation motifs, including birds, deer, grapes, and volute leaves. A scrolled iron overthrow with a geometric finial extends from the sides of the 26 ½ inch opening. There is a circular margin stone (4 ¼” tall) that gives the well head additional height.

From the mid-6th through the 8th centuries, the Italian region of Veneto was ruled by the Byzantine Empire. Byzantine architecture and art was prevalent for centuries after, with example still found to this day. The city of Venice, which is the region’s capital, is known for having numerous examples of antique well heads scattered about the city. In the modern world, our Medieval Veneto-Byzantine style well head with iron overthrow can be used as a garden ornament or converted into a large planter.

CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks to stone and oxidation to iron. Light buildup and fleabites. There is a hairline separation in the margin stone, but it does not affect the stability of the stone. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

In The Style Of

Medieval

Age

2000's

Dimensions

H - 82, H of well without iron overthrow - 34, diameter - 47

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Description

Known in Italy as la vera di un pozzo, this well head with iron overthrow has been cast in the Medieval Veneto-Byzantine style. In other parts of Europe, well heads are called puteal, which are highly decorative enclosures designed to prevent citizens from falling into open wells and to protect the water supply.

Each side of the octagonal well head has a niche with turned columns and geometric shaped patterns on the arches. There are four distinct scenes beneath the arches that alternate in pairs. The scenes all have animal and vegetation motifs, including birds, deer, grapes, and volute leaves. A scrolled iron overthrow with a geometric finial extends from the sides of the 26 ½ inch opening. There is a circular margin stone (4 ¼” tall) that gives the well head additional height.

From the mid-6th through the 8th centuries, the Italian region of Veneto was ruled by the Byzantine Empire. Byzantine architecture and art was prevalent for centuries after, with example still found to this day. The city of Venice, which is the region’s capital, is known for having numerous examples of antique well heads scattered about the city. In the modern world, our Medieval Veneto-Byzantine style well head with iron overthrow can be used as a garden ornament or converted into a large planter.

CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks to stone and oxidation to iron. Light buildup and fleabites. There is a hairline separation in the margin stone, but it does not affect the stability of the stone. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

In The Style Of

Medieval

Age

2000's

Dimensions

H - 82, H of well without iron overthrow - 34, diameter - 47

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