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
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.