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This is a reduced-scale replica of a 54-centimetre-high ancient Roman bronze fountain spout formed as a fisherman seated on a tree stump. Between his splayed legs is a protruding stump capped with a grotesque mask, from whose open mouth water jetted.
This reproduction cannot have been made until the later 1820s at the earliest. It may have been cast in Naples, perhaps in the Sabatino de Angelis foundry that specialised in the reproduction of local antiquities. Its 1900 catalogue includes the Pompeii fisherman model, in three different sizes. The smallest replica was 24 cm high, which matches the height of The Fitzwilliam’s version.
late 19th C or early 20th C (?)
H 23 x W 17 x D 14.5 cm
gift from The Honorable Mrs Nellie Ionides, 1951