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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Buff earthenware, modelled, painted with coloured glazes

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 44, shelf 8

Physical description

Modelled in the form of a rock with lizards, frogs and shells.

Place of Origin

France (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Buff earthenware, modelled, painted with coloured glazes


Height: 19.25 in taken from Register

Object history note

Bought from the Soulages Collection.

Historical context note

A complete table fountain of this form was sold by Sir Gyles Isham, Baronet (Sotheby's, May 21 1957, lot 111 - illustrated). Another had been exhibited at South Kensington in 1862 -
Catalogue of the Special Loan Exhibition at the South Kensington Museum, Section 8, no.1244, p.108. Described as: Table fountain, forming a circular plateau, from the centre of which rises a steep conical hill or rock; the surface of the piece is entirely covered with pebbles and shells, frogs, lizards and other animals. At the summit are serpents' heads, forming the water jets. Height: 8 in; diameter: 17 in.

Descriptive line

Buff earthenware modelled with reptiles and shells and decorated with coloured glazes. French, probably 19th century.

Production Note

Probably made in the 19th century



Subjects depicted

Frog; Shells; Lizards


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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