Rare and magnificent Pewter Fountain from the French Regence Period composed of three pieces.
The water reservoir shows double curved lines on each side with a convex front engraved with a stylized Heart
surrounded by foliated scrolls and surmounted by an Eagle having its two wings spread above two torches. There is
a crown on the Eagle, but has been worn by time and is only slightly visible now. The reservoir has its two original
bronze taps and shows the same great moldings on its bottom that we see on the cover and the basin.
The cover has the same overall shape as the reservoir and can be grasped by two large pewter fishes having a wide open mouth and large scales on its center is an elegant engraved decor.
A unique basin shape, with two large lobes surmounted by a carved “Regence ” shell is resting on two acanthus leaves.
Inside the shell are nervures which are dotted with chiseled fleur de lis.
This exceptional fountain is mounted on a first part of 20th Century walnut panel and its cupboard.
P.S: The heart and eagle on the reservoir are very probably an “Armoirie” (coat of Arms) from a noble Family -to who the Fountain belonged- and the many “fleur de lis”-emblem of French Royalty-an oat of Allegiance to the King.
OF THE PERIOD: Louis XIV
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1760
MATERIALS: Walnut and Pewter
CONDITION: Excellent. There is a minor stain in the wood under the Basin.
WEAR: Wear consistent with age and use
HEIGHT: 7 ft. 9 in. (236 cm)
WIDTH: 24.5 in. (62 cm)
DEPTH: 16 in. (41 cm)