Water  fountain
Lot 113
A cut-glass and silver-plated chilled water fountain
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 3,151) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A cut-glass and silver-plated chilled water fountain
The glass receptacle of barrel form with six turn-key taps issuing from below and surmounted by a silver-plated dome cover with acorn finial, all raised on a silver-plated flaring stem with beaded bands and terminating on a dome circular foot, height 146cm.


  • The present lot is thought to be modelled on 19th century absinthe fountains.

    In 19th century Parisian cafés, upon receiving an order for an absinthe, a waiter would present the patron with a dose of absinthe in a suitable glass, along with sugar, an absinthe spoon, and a 'fountain' of iced water. It was up to the patron to prepare the drink, as the inclusion or omission of sugar was strictly an individual preference, as was the amount of water used. The fountains were usually small enough to sit on a table with between two and four taps.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot will be removed to Bonhams Park Royal Warehouse and will be avaliable for collection as from 9.30am on Tuesday 5 February 2013.
  1. Lucy Gregory
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