A rare and unusual lead fountain modelled as a boy riding a seahorse, now on a round terracotta plinth. This is a top quality lead group which is well animated with the boy clearly enjoying himself. The detailing is also good and includes the original copper reins. It was obviously intended as a water feature and there are compressed pipes in the side of the seahorse's mouth which could have allowed out a thin stream of water but it may have originally been intended to emerge from a still pool, perhaps among reeds and iris. It was formerly in a large garden in Belbroughton, Worcestershire, which supports the strong likelihood that it was made by the Bromsgrove Guild who for a few years in the early 1900's were inventive creators of original lead ornaments.
Late 19th/early 20th century
Figure 25" high
Pedestal 20" high
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