Renaissance Wall Fountain
An exceptional carved marble lavabo, or wall fountain, comprised of three pieces, the backplate with lapidary script reading “LAVAMINI”, meaning “to wash”, ornamented with stylized dolphins, floral rinceaux, and a central “Green Man” mask piped for water, the lozenge form basin with semi-lobed bowl and stiff leaf motif on rim, Northern Italian or Venetian, Renaissance period, 1485-1500.
The later carved marble ca. 1900 Italian base is comprised of opposed winged mer-children, with ribbon that reads “Opus Gargiollus”, referring to the sculptor, and “Fecit 1485”, referring to the date of the basin and backplate. 65 ins. high, 52 ins. wide, 19 ins. deep.