The 19th-century Italian Fleischmann Fountain, fully restored after nearly 100 years of constant use, is once again providing delight. Originally brought in the early 1920s from Italy for the spectacularly landscaped gardens of Winding Creek Farm, it anchored a circular seating area that led to cascading fountains, leading in turn down under a long parterre to a long moat running the length of it and overlooking lawns, a wall and fields.
The fountain consists of a group of individual cast bronze Renaissance styled figures mounted on a Rosso di Verona stone stem and basin within a circular granite pool. A three-quarter life-sized figure of Neptune stands atop the basin. He is surrounded with four cloven hoofed devils armed with tridents and bows-and-arrows. Beneath them are four Nereids each holding shells that rest on hippocamps. Each figure is separate, and the display is from a single source that is within a shell behind Neptune. The shells catch water overflowing from the basin lip beneath the devils. This then overflows into the pool below.
The stone is Rosso di Verona, a fossiliferous, partially crystalized limestone mixed with distinct clay deposits quarried in the foothills to the north and west of Verona, Italy. The stone has a beautiful, warm reddish tone and the limestone is very hard and durable. It has been quarried since Roman times and used for pavings, wellheads, statuary, and buildings throughout the Veneto. The clay inclusions are water soluble, however, and wash out over time, creating a pebbly texture which is nonslip. Most of Venice is paved with it.
Neapolitan Enterprises is glad to have restored the Fleischmann Fountain and asks that you treat it with care so that it will last for many more generations.