E.J.Wilkins

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Queluz National Palace


John Cheere Monkey Fountain

Queluz National Palace is listed as a Portuguese National Monument. It was 'established' as a country house in 1654 and development into a Royal Palace began in 1747. Much more information is written - here at IPPAR - (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico).
 
The grounds are arranged as knot gardens and dotted with rather wonderful sculptures and lead fountains, including this monkey playing castanets, which was designed by John Cheere, (1709-1787), an English sculptor. More about his sculptures at Queluz  - here - and the international funding for their restoration, from the World Monuments Fund.

That makes this fountain at least 200 years old.

When we visited the Palace some areas of the grounds were not open to the public because they were still being restored. This was in 2007, works may well be completed now.

If you ever want to visit Queluz National Palace, it is - here - on Flash Earth
.

Queluz National Palace


John Cheere Monkey Fountain

Queluz National Palace is listed as a Portuguese National Monument. It was 'established' as a country house in 1654 and development into a Royal Palace began in 1747. Much more information is written - here at IPPAR - (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico).
 
The grounds are arranged as knot gardens and dotted with rather wonderful sculptures and lead fountains, including this monkey playing castanets, which was designed by John Cheere, (1709-1787), an English sculptor. More about his sculptures at Queluz  - here - and the international funding for their restoration, from the World Monuments Fund.

That makes this fountain at least 200 years old.

When we visited the Palace some areas of the grounds were not open to the public because they were still being restored. This was in 2007, works may well be completed now.

If you ever want to visit Queluz National Palace, it is - here - on Flash Earth
.

comments (21)

  • martie
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2008, 00:20
Beautiful! I've never heard of this so I'm really glad you have shared it. Another one to go on my list of places to go!
EJWilkins: There's a heck of a lot to see in Portugal, same as most European countries I suppose. You'd like it.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2008, 00:43
I too have never heard of it - thought it was Dick Whittington's cat at first glance - time for bed I think, my eyes are playing tricks ;o)

PS Handel was wonderful ;o)
EJWilkins: Good to hear you enjoyed The Messiah smile

There were so many things like this at Queluz, it's a real treasure trove of a place.
What a fountain--I wouldn't have thought this kind of style would have been prevalent that long ago, not that I've studied fountain styles over the ages LOL! Nice shot--nice to be able to see the detail!
EJWilkins: We look at the pictures of what people wore and sort of assume they were all prim and proper, but the sense of humour is there to see.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2008, 02:03
Great stuff, Ellie.

Portugese eccentricity, it seems, presents a little differently from the English variety.
EJWilkins: There are historic links between the two countries which might explain it wink

The linked site says, "Cheere produced several copies of a specific subject but in many cases it is only at Queluz that a surviving example of a given subject can be found."
This perhaps explains why these things are quite "important" and their restoration is being given international funding.
  • FLOOG
  • The pastures of a contented heart
  • 8 Dec 2008, 04:50
What an incredible fountain, amazing detail. Yep, a new place on my radar, so a big thank you Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Wander through my pictures from Portugal and you'll fill up a month or so, and they only cover a tiny part of the country
What a very odd thing Ellie! Glad you showed it to us
EJWilkins: There were so many to see, but this one in particular caught my eye as being very unusual and also incredibly detailed.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2008, 07:35
I love fountains Ellie. This one is no so unusual.smile
The fish look a mite thurstysmile
EJWilkins: Probably because they've been out of water for some time wink
What a wonderfully bizarre fountain Ellie
EJWilkins: It is isn't it, and what humour too!
That is quite amazing, Ellie.
EJWilkins: And made in London too wink
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2008, 09:09
What a bunch of ugly mugs - strange the things they put in fountains!
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Certainyl a conversation piece smile
Lovely photo of a quirky fountain. Those fish look quite fearsome!
EJWilkins: They look terrifying don't they
Great capture of this odd fountain Ellie!
EJWilkins: Yes, odd and funny too
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Dec 2008, 11:10
Strange image
EJWilkins: Strange fountain wink
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 8 Dec 2008, 11:12
What a scary freaky fountain - very nice!
EJWilkins: I Bet you mention it to at least one person this week! wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Dec 2008, 11:49
Fish and monkey tongues are sculptured the same way smile
EJWilkins: Possibly the way they were made - over 200 years ago wink
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 8 Dec 2008, 14:50
That's one strange looking fountain. I have never seen anything like that smile Lots of details, it would have been cool to see it with water smile
EJWilkins: I would think the water will be the final stage of all the restoration
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2008, 15:18
That is a very interesting fountain.
EJWilkins: It is, and humourous too
Nicely taken picture of this statue Ellie. The background is just OOF enough so as not to be an intrusion.
EJWilkins: There were a lot of statues, hard to leave any of them out
It's a really funny sculpture - Well seen Ellie smile
EJWilkins: You'd have a good time at this place Zeb wink
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 8 Dec 2008, 21:02
How very usual; almost surreal. I'm assuming that under normal conditions, the water comes out of the fish's mouths?
EJWilkins: When we were there most of the lead water pipes had been removed so I've no more idea than you how it would have looked.
When you realise this statue/fountain is at least 200 years old it makes the style and humour all that more interesting
This is image is good, but unfortunately the face of the statue (=subject) is not lit (hence too dark). Some (fill-in) flash would have been appropriate here.

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