Friday Fountain Challenge: November

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NT Barrington Court, Somerset – internal courtyard water feature

One water feature that seems to recur in our gardens, especially those managed by the National Trust, is a the classic European sculpture of a naked boy / cupid  with a dolphin / fish / sea serpent of some description or even in the case below, a swan. Often holding. sitting on, wrestling or otherwise engaged.

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NT Barrington Court – boy and swan

Another statue of Verrochio’s Winged Cherub Boy with Dolphin can be seen in Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver, Canada.

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NT Hidcote Bathing Pool

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

This month is the time to feature fountains from your own country. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

Another fountain in a public garden, this time the Dingle in Shrewsbury. Formerly a stone quarry the Dingle is the result one of its gardeners – Percy Thrower – who was very famous in England for appearing in the TV programme ‘Blue Peter’ and who was the superintendent of Shrewsbury’s parks for 28 years.

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There are seasonal floral displays (visit in spring for the azaleas) and water features including the central cast-iron Coalbrookdale fountain which dates from 1889. The cast-iron is decorated with lily leaves, scallop shells and dolphins. The ceramic figure is white, unglazed (similar to Parian ware) and shows a girl seated on a rock outcrop cushioned with a sheaf of corn. She is pouring from an urn into a cup, and has a basket by her left foot.

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Presented by the Independent Order of ODD Fellows, Shrewsbury District 1889

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

This month is the time to feature fountains from your own country. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

This unique and delightful water feature was made by Michael Johnson at The Copper Works, Newlyn and is located near the Sensory Garden in Penlee Park, Penzance.

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I know, from a distance it doesn’t really look much does it? But come a little closer…

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and admire those copper leaves

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and the fluid shape of the basin from which the water gently flows…

and how beautifully it sits in its surroundings when viewed from the bench.

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I wonder how much one would cost? I have just the spot for it.

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

This month is the time to feature fountains from your own country. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: October

The Concorde Fountain – Paris

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The Fontaines de la Concorde are two monumental fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the centre of Paris. They were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, and completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The south fountain commemorates the maritime commerce and industry of France, and the north fountain commemorates navigation and commerce on the rivers of France.

Twelve different sculptors worked on the statuary of the fountains, closely supervised by Hittorff, who made sure that the entire ensemble would be harmonious and balanced. A prominent feature of the design of both fountains was a mushroom-shaped cap above the central vasque. Water was to jet from the top of the cap and then cascade downward into a circular vasque, then down into a large circular basin below. The major figures of the fountains were made of cast iron, florentined, or painted with bronze and gold paint. The smaller figures of the tritons and nereids were made of bronze. In 1862–63, the fountains were restored, and the bronze and gold paint was replaced with a bronze coating. (Wikipedia)

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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.

Friday Fountain Challenge: October

A quick post from Barcelona with a stately fountain for Poli 🙂

The Cascades are in Parc Ciutadella close to the centre of Barcelona and also home to the zoo. Apologies for the quality of these images but the light was fading and I haven’t time to edit them as there are things to do and things to see and tapas to eat…

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.