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 PortuguÃªs do PatrimÃ³nio ArquitectÃ³nico).
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.
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