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Fontaine Morand

Morand Fountain

Fontaine de la Place du Maréchal-Lyautey
Guillaume Bonnet
1865

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Description

The centerpiece of the fountain is a Carrara marble statue of 3.85 m/12½ feet, which represents the town of Lyon (coat of arms and mural crown). The statue is made by Bonnet, who took his wife as model.
The base is pentagonal with on the faces five lions-head filling five basins - symbolizing the five arrondissements of Lyon at the time. On the five cornes sit putti representing the different activities attractions of the city: Navigation, Force (or Industry), Commerce, History and Geography. The base is sculpted by Clauses.

The fontaine was raised by the inhabitants of the left bank of the Rhône river and by the city of Lyon to thank Napoleon III for having introduced the disappearance of the toll on the bridges of the Rhône.

Lyon - Fontaine Morand
Geography
Lyon - Fontaine Morand
History
Lyon - Fontaine Morand
Trade
Lyon - Fontaine Morand
Navigation
Lyon - Fontaine Morand
Force or Industrie

NB. Several websites write (all with exactly the same words) "Au dessus cinq enfants (ou putti) dus au ciseau du sculpteur Clauses..." - however, there is on internet no trace of a sculpteur of that name, not even the familyname seems to exist.

Inscription(s)

LA VILLE DE LYON
ET LES HABITANTS
DE LA RIVE GAUCHE DU FLEUVE
ONT ELEVE CE MONUMENT

FONTAINE
MORAND
1865

Antoine Desjardins
1814-1882
architecte

Guillaume Bonnet
1820-1873
sculpteur

monument
restaure et inaugure
le 31 janvier 2001

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Bonnet, Guillaume
  • Coat of arms
  • Fountain
  • Geography
  • History (allegory)
  • Industry
  • Lyon (allegory)
  • Navigation
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Location (N 45°46'6" - E 4°50'31")

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