Antique Stone Fountains that will Beat this Summers Heat

Decorative or dramatic effect of time honored European wall and pool fountains.

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DSC_0109Most heirloom fountains that have been inherited by humanity today started originally at one point as a purely functional dispenser of water. 548033_475685582477514_27826080_n1

They were connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking bathing and washing water to the residents of early Minoan cities, towns and villages and later inside Roman private castles and villas. font-chato-eguilles

All of our reclaimed stone fountains Until the late 19th century were operated by gravity. IMG_4987

Ancient civilizations were found to have constructed a network of connected basins in the gorges of several rivers, carved in solid rock, connected by small streams, in order to form a year long steady source of the precious liquid.7d83f0_b17eef5e8ff1496685480d87651d4832

It has been said that Egyptians have invented creative water pump systems that allowed the hoisting of water up from the Nile for drinking and irrigation. Unfortunately there has been no recorded depictions of fountains in Egyptian frescoes, carvings or papyri.Laduree-8

The ancient Greeks were apparently the first to use aqueducts and gravity-powered fountains to distribute water. According to ancient historians, fountains existed in Athens, Corinth, and other ancient Greek cities in the 6th century BC as the terminating points of aqueducts which brought water from springs and rivers into the cities.Laduree-2

In the 6th century BC the Athenian rulers built the main fountain of Athens, i was called the Enneacrounos, and was situated in the main town square center of Athens. It had nine large spouts, which supplied drinking water to local residents.sheckel-02153-2

Greek fountains resembled to a high degree their European counterparts and were made of stone or marble just like the ones you can still find today all over Rome.  Water flowed from bronze and sculpted bronze, limestone or marble masks that generally depicted the head of a lion an aquatic animal or even a Greek idol.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAPool Fountain-8

Most later European fountains followed that simple Greek design having water flow by simple gravity, and by using the principle of a siphon to make water spout, as seen in pictures on Greek vasesp102017font-marquis-gemenos-2

The excavations at Pompeii, which was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, uncovered many fountains and basins placed at intervals along city streets, fed by siphoning water upwards from pipes laid under the street and powered by gravity.3ZYSM_2

The excavations of Pompeii also showed that the homes of wealthy Romans often had a small fountain in the atrium, or interior courtyard, with water coming from city water supply and spouting into a small bowl or basin such as this one depicted below.img155-f

Ancient Rome was a city of fountains. According to Sextus Julius Frontinus, the Roman consul who was named curator aquarum or guardian of the water of Rome in 98 AD, Rome had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins, not counting the water supplied to the Imperial household, baths and owners of private villas.2427486731_0082d84eed_o

Each of the major fountains was connected to two different aqueducts, in case one was shut down for service. The Romans were able to make fountains jet water into the air, by using the pressure of water flowing from a distant and higher source of water to create hydraulic head, or force. Illustrations of fountains in gardens spouting water are found on wall paintings in Rome from the 1st century BC, and in the villas of Pompeii.Pool Fountain-48

The Villa of Hadrian in Tivoli featured a large swimming basin with jets of water.
Pliny the Younger described the banquet room of a Roman villa where a fountain began to jet water when visitors sat on a marble seat.Tiered Fountain-06


The water flowed into a basin, where the courses of a banquet were served in floating dishes shaped like boats.
Roman engineers built aqueducts and fountains throughout the Roman Empire.tumblr_n6ndm9MqQc1s6mxo0o1_1280

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20 French fountains that will send you packing for the next flight to Provence.

Water has fascinated us since the dawn of time. In ancient days, fountains and ponds were constructed to capture and collect water sources used for domestic and agricultural needs. The Romans carved underground tunnels and created aqueducts over mountains just to equip their baths and fountains. Italy was known since antiquity to be ‘fountain country’.

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A ruined fountain made of large stone blocks in a courtyard. Pompeii, Italy. ca. 1990 Pompeii, Italy

During the Middle Ages however, things have started to radically change; the wells and cisterns have become more common than central fountains as centers of population swell until 1348. After the transition from the European dark ages into the rebirth or Renaissance, fountains have regained their status as both a decorative cultural element, a center of convening and public meeting as well as a phytosanitary clean  way to gain access to drinking, cooking and cleaning water.FTN-WEST-CREET

Today’s fountains are soothing and refreshing in both their elemental nuances and architectural forms.Fountain are a delightful gift for those who embrace the Al Fresco style of living and love to soak in natural sunlight while being enchanted with the whimsical melody of streaming water.wf051.jpg~original

Swimming pool fountains

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Placed on one edge of a pool, a feeder wall fountain naturally pours its water into the pool and brings a lively and oxygenated flow of fresh recycled water in.LUBERON0715-2



This layout is highly sought after nowadays and is a definite plus in any architectural landscaping design.



A monumental piece in the heart of the garden will bring a disproportionate character. Masonry and old stone this fountain looks like a source of an outgoing earth.J SAGE EVENT-005040


Refined source of water

At the center of this courtyard sitting atop large stone slab bases, a rectangular fountain has all the place it needs.1

It is decorated with small ceramic tiles. A continual but charming rustle of water will brighten the garden. Un


And what if you turn your fountain into an outdoor shower? img909

Built in a good height stone wall, this allows for a small waterfall will lets you peacefully cool off.



This purified water line runs on several decks.6860937-O-3

It stops at the wall to make room for a fountain that will gracefully flow into the water following the end of the corridor.53BV-33-b


Italianate or French design fountains are made very popular in neo-classic architecture and fountains of this period are a quintessential part of this classical gilded era style.Un


Original concept with trough-like basin arranged along a front. This comprises a row of several pots in which lilies or magnolias grow, while the water cascades down below, into a flowing tray or water channel.18878778265571d7f5caea72.87459416_1920

Using old antique limestone with a contemporary design, blends the new with the old in a remarkable way. RX-DK-SG16602_architectural-wall_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280



An elegant rectangular pool welcomes here a thin cast of water for pleasure.3815150002_fb35fb9e7d_o

Here are some aquatic plants to use to decorate the pond: water lily, Nymphaea, cattail, Typha latifolia, and also grasses, Stipa tenuissima and Andropogon Gerardi. 53BV-87-d

More indoor and outdoor water fountain and wellhead models are available in more architectural styles, sizes, patinas, and stone options at Ancient Surfaces so come on by and visit our website so we can inspire you further more.