Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Photo of the Day

Not trying to stay on a sculptural theme...I just love this detail.

This lush detail is from the Fontaine du Marché-aux-Carmes in the Square Gabriel-Pierné in Paris...
The fountain was sculpted by Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard (brother of Jean-Honoré Fragonard) in 1830 for the Marché-aux-Carmes. It stayed in the Marché until 1930 when it was moved to its present location.
EUGÈNE ATGET, Fontaine, marche des Carmes, rue des Carmes: V Quartier de la Sorbonne, 1898 via Phillips de Pury & Company

The single herm is composed of bust with two faces dedicated to commerce and abundance. It is very stark and commanding in its present location which is more about tranquility and open space...


  1. It has very Janus-like qualities. How apt in a recession - the 2 faces of commerce.

  2. I'm loving everything on your blog so far... how I am just now finding this? Looking forward to more beautiful and unusual things.