Watch an animated representation that shows how the French fourteenth-century Table Fountain owned by The Cleveland Museum of Art worked. Made of gilded silver with translucent enamel, the fountain was designed so that water was pumped up a central pipe then cascaded down the stepped terraces, turning wheels that rang small bells--all intended to entertain. The elaborate and imaginative composition of the fountain--comprising slender columns, pointed arches, turrets, crenellated terraces, and gargoyles--make it an impressive piece of high Gothic architecture in miniature. Rosewater was sometimes used in such fountains to perfume banquet halls and private rooms.
This animated representation is
kindly provided by
The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Table Fountain, 1320-40, Paris, France
Gilt silver and enamel, 33.8 x 25.4 x 26 cm.
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Gift of J.H. Wade 1924.859