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Reserved until 30/09/2020
30280 Salvaged lion wall plaque / fountain head
QTY: 1 £325
30243 Very old rugged stone fountain
QTY: 1 £2,450
30231 Huge late 1900's ceramic insulator
QTY: 1 £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
29863 Outdoor slate sphere water feature
QTY: To Order £310
SOLD
29840 Faun head fountain/ water feature mask
QTY: SOLD £210
SOLD
29834 Reclaimed copper fountain with child and fish
QTY: SOLD £2,150
29641 Handcarved stone fountain with lotus bowl
QTY: 1 £2,950
29640 Substantial French style sandstone fountain
QTY: To Order £3,650
29588 Reclaimed antique sandstone water spouts
QTY: 1 Remaining £245 Each
29506 Huge salvaged iron caldron
QTY: 1 £1,575
SOLD
29316 Reclaimed marble sink and feet
QTY: SOLD £1,750
SOLD
29107 Antique sandstone octagonal well-heads
QTY: SOLD £565 Each
29065 Hand carved stone french style fountain
QTY: To Order £1,850
29010 Stone wall fountain with swan spout
QTY: 1 £1,595
SOLD
28628 Ornate reclaimed marble fountain
QTY: SOLD £1,950
SOLD
28622 Beautiful and unusual marble sink
QTY: SOLD £1,250
28495 Old continental enamel water fountain
QTY: 1 £275
SOLD
28455 Tall reclaimed cast iron well pump ornate top
QTY: SOLD £450
SOLD
28451 Original cast iron Shropshire well pump
QTY: SOLD £450
SOLD
28441 Antique cast iron garden well pump
QTY: SOLD £400
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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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