Italian, Venice - Rim of a Fountain, 16th century - 17th century

Italian, Venice

Rim of a Fountain: Tritons and Friezes, 16th century - 17th century

Sandstone, 616 x 198.1 cm (242 1/2 x 78 in.) overall


Object details

Accession number



  • Unknown - primary
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner (New York, 1840 - 1924, Boston) - designer


Friezes include: Tritons, dolphins, shells, harpies, masks, cornucopias, baskets of fruit


Isabella Stewart Gardner purchased thirteen frieze fragments for 480 lire from the antique dealer A. Clerle, Venice on 27 September 1897.
Isabella Stewart Gardner designed the fountain rim with eleven of those fragments on 18 September 1901.

Dimension Notes

Tritons average: 45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in.) Friezes average: 33 x 121.9 cm (13 x 48 in.)


Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 4. (as "Venetian fountain")
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 45. (as several pieces of 17th century carving, probably Venetian)
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1977), p. 155, no. 193. (as Venetian, 17th century)
Pieranna Cavalchini and Amanda Esteves-Kraus (eds.). Portrait (Boston, 2012), p. 60. (quoting the diary of Willard T. Sears on 17 Sept. 1901)

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