Friday Fountain Challenge: October

One of my favourite fountains is in the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland. This large bronze fountain with its superposed basins borne by naiads was the work of the Parisian sculptor Alexis André in 1862.

3 English Garden Geneva (1)

THE NAIADES were fresh-water Nymphs who inhabited the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs of the earth. They were immortal, minor divinities who were invited to attend the assemblies of the gods on Mount Olympos.

Don’t you just love the rounded bellies and dimpled knees?

3 July English Garden Geneva (2)

and the wonderful folds of the drapes; the texture of the rope.

If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month she is looking for stately or ornate fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. polianthus says:

    Hiya Jude – love it, especially as I spent half my post writing about the lack, I suppose i should say, relative lack, of stately fountains in Switzerland :)! Very attractive fountain indeed.

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  2. Colline says:

    The work on this fountain is beautiful. I can imagine how long it took to create it.

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  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    The detail on this fountain is amazing. Such craftsmanship!!

    I couldn’t help but notice the dimpled knees … they look just like mine. Maybe I’m a Naiade reincarnated in mortal form!! 😉

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    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha, I like to think of you as a river nymph 🙂

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      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        I like the idea of being a nymph 😉

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  4. I like the way fountain people aren’t stick thin. They are just nice normal people like the rest of us.


    1. Heyjude says:

      They appreciated curves in those days, but I guess a lot of the people actually were very thin!

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  5. Robyn Haynes says:

    I can see why this fountain is a favourite – beautiful!

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  6. I’m always in awe of sculptors who can craft folds of cloth and turns of rope from stone. Add water, and it’s perfect!

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  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Rounded bellies and dimpled knees, perhaps they were modelled on me!

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  8. The details in this fountain are lovely – from ropes to chubby, dimpled knees.

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  9. restlessjo says:

    Such cute knees! 🙂 I’ll come back to look at TW and Cornish tomorrow.

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