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Fountain


The fountain basin was purchased immediately after its removal in 1860 from its original position at the centre of a small, rectangular garden in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Stufa (formerly Palazzo dell' Antella) in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence. The palace was built by Giulio Parigi for the Senator Niccolo dell' Andrea and was completed in 1619, and the fountain was presumably supplied soon afterwards. A late 17th century writer records that there was formerly a bronze figure by Giambologna (1529-1608), sculptor to the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, in the centre of the basin. The bronze cannot be identified with certainty. The original figure had already been replaced by the Bacchus seen here at the time of acquisition. this figure dates from the 18th or possibly early 19th century.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Fountain
  • Statue
  • Fountain Bacchus Fragment
Brief Description
Fountain and fountain figure Baccus, possibly by Pietro Tacca, Italy, ca. 1619, the figure late 18th or early 19th century
Physical Description
Fountain surmounted by a later statuette depicting Baccus.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1270mm
Gallery Label
The fountain basin was purchased immediately after its removal in 1860 from its original position at the centre of a small, rectangular garden in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Stufa (formerly Palazzo dell' Antella) in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence. The palace was built by Giulio Parigi for the Senator Niccolo dell' Andrea and was completed in 1619, and the fountain was presumably supplied soon afterwards. A late 17th century writer records that there was formerly a bronze figure by Giambologna (1529-1608), sculptor to the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, in the centre of the basin. The bronze cannot be identified with certainty. The original figure had already been replaced by the Bacchus seen here at the time of acquisition. this figure dates from the 18th or possibly early 19th century.
Subject depicted
Summary
The fountain basin was purchased immediately after its removal in 1860 from its original position at the centre of a small, rectangular garden in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Stufa (formerly Palazzo dell' Antella) in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence. The palace was built by Giulio Parigi for the Senator Niccolo dell' Andrea and was completed in 1619, and the fountain was presumably supplied soon afterwards. A late 17th century writer records that there was formerly a bronze figure by Giambologna (1529-1608), sculptor to the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, in the centre of the basin. The bronze cannot be identified with certainty. The original figure had already been replaced by the Bacchus seen here at the time of acquisition. this figure dates from the 18th or possibly early 19th century.
Bibliographic References
  • Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 18
  • Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 104
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 149
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 571-72, 650
Collection
Accession Number
7676-1861

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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