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31021 Reclaimed wall hanging gadrooned trough
QTY: 1 £265
31007 Enamelled salvaged water fountain
QTY: 1 £195
30984 Antique weathered stone sink / water feature
QTY: 1 £645
30979 Hand-carved Gothic style sandstone font
QTY: 1 £1,450
30973 Bronze mermaid dolphin water feature
QTY: 1 £3,250
30959 Bronze water feature with seated caratyd
QTY: 1 £4,750
SOLD
30828 Enormous reclaimed galvanised & riveted tank
QTY: SOLD £1,550
30702 Antique lead rainwater hopper / fountain head
QTY: 2 £350 From
30607 Antique cast twist column centre fountain top
QTY: 1 £675
30602 Reclaimed antique hip baths
QTY: 3 £245 Each
30601 Large bronze crane / stork sculptures
QTY: 1 Pair £3,150
30462 19th C bronze putto white marble birdbath
QTY: 1 £3,850
30451 Composition stone Neptune fountain statue
QTY: 1 £1,850
30450 Early 20thC lead putto fountain on plinth
QTY: 1 £2,250
30442 Rectangular carved stone wall fountain trough
QTY: 2 £750 Each
SOLD
30385 Huge salvaged bronze storks / cranes fountain
QTY: SOLD £4,450 The Pair
30364 Handcrafted Riverstone freeform pond bowls
QTY: 16 £158 Each
SOLD
30280 Salvaged lion wall plaque / fountain head
QTY: SOLD £325
SOLD
30243 Very old rugged stone fountain
QTY: SOLD £2,450
SOLD
30231 Huge late 1900's ceramic insulator
QTY: SOLD £695
SOLD
30070 Composition stone male fountain mask
QTY: SOLD £200
SOLD
29974 Weathered stone wall fountain with dolphin
QTY: SOLD £1,800
SOLD
29956 Antique bronze crane statues water feature
QTY: SOLD £1,700 The Pair
SOLD
29947 20C bronze Triton water fountain statue
QTY: SOLD £3,685
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Water Features and Fountains


Up to the 19th Century, fountains were functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and providing drinking water and an area for bathing or washing clothes. They were often decorative, to celebrate the builder or benefactor, such as the great Baroque fountains of Rome which were sponsored by the Popes. Fountains at that time had to be fed by gravity. In the late 19th Century, development of mechanical pumps and the advent of improved plumbing and water supply, meant that fountains then became purely decorative. A lot of major cities and towns throughout Europe embarked upon a programme of building fountains in public areas from the mid 1800s. 

In a garden context, fountains or water features, can fulfil a number of roles. They can supply movement, the sound of running water can block sounds of traffic, they can be decorative and humans simply have an affinity to water, such an important element for our survival.  While formal tiered fountains may be perfect for a large public space, and we usually have in stock a few larger stone fountain surrounds and centrepieces, most people have smaller scale spaces they can use, and with ingenuity all sorts of material can be used to make a fountain. Old stone troughs, for example, make perfect reservoirs from which water can be pumped to cascade out through a lead or stone mask, mounted on a wall. We also sell stone wall fountains, usually modelled on a typical fountain from a French Village square.  We have all types of spout, whether an antique Indian stone spout, lead, bronze and cast iron classical masks. We usually have a lead fountain or two, typically in the form of a putto holding a shell or bowl aloft. Some of our customers convert old village pumps into functioning water features, with a water house hidden within the spout. Alongside purpose-built fountain centrepieces, many urns, planters or statues could easily be converted to work as a fountain centrepiece, it is usually just a matter of how to conceal the water supply pipe and then find a suitable water reservoir/container/tank in which it can sit so water can be circulated.

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