Fountain Amédée Pichot

Historic site and monument
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Date: 1887
Era: 19th century
Type: Commemorative architecture
Status: Public domain
Commissioned by: Pierre-Amédée Pichot
Contractor: Joseph Flandrin
The enamel medallion of Paul Balze
The building has a fountain built against the wall and was inspired by the one on the Place Saint Michel in Paris.
The focus of its architecture is to highlight the central medallion, made of enamel on ceramic tiles, and sometimes incorrectly called a mosaic.
Balze's work is framed by two engaged columns with a Corinthian capital, surmounted by a double entablature.
At their base is the fountain basin, in the form of a bowl.
The attic level is decorated with a lion profile, created by Auguste Cain (1822-1894), a student of Rude and one of the best animal sculptors of the 19th century. Next to it is the town's emblem.
Two engraved inscriptions can be made out: the upper one, in Latin, commemorates the inauguration of the building and the lower one, in Provençal, is a quotation by Amédée Pichot.
The fountain today
The Amédée Pichot fountain offers up its elegant form to the curiosity of visitors entering the town centre from the north.
An expression of filial piety, the structure also evokes the memory of a brilliant line of artists, the Balzes, who originated in Avignon.
It is also the testimony of a friendship between two exceptional men, whose talent took them to Paris where they were brought together by their common Arles roots.
The enamel medallion of Paul Balze
The building has a fountain built against the wall and was inspired by the one on the Place Saint Michel in Paris.
The focus of its architecture is to highlight the central medallion, made of enamel on ceramic tiles, and sometimes incorrectly called a mosaic.
Balze's work is framed by two engaged columns with a Corinthian capital, surmounted by a double entablature.
At their base is the fountain basin, in the form of a bowl.
The attic level is decorated with a lion profile, created by Auguste Cain (1822-1894), a student of Rude and one of the best animal sculptors of the 19th century. Next to it is the town's emblem.
Two engraved inscriptions can be made out: the upper one, in Latin, commemorates the inauguration of the building and the lower one, in Provençal, is a quotation by Amédée Pichot.
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  • Period :
    • 19th C
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  • Historical patrimony :
    • Historic patrimony
    • Fountain
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Fountain Amédée Pichot
Rue Voltaire
13200
Arles
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Phone : 04 90 49 38 20
Phone : 04 90 18 41 20
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Fontaine Amédée Pichot
Rue Voltaire
13200
Arles
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.679591
Longitude : 4.631059