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Myth and Mystique: Cleveland's Gothic Table Fountain (with Stephen Fliegel)

Cleveland Museum of Art, 2016

The Cleveland Museum of Art's medieval table fountain, c. 1320–40, is the only version of its kind to have survived in its complete form from the Middle Ages. A superb example of French Gothic goldsmithing, it is an exquisite metalwork structure and a unique example of courtly taste and princely fashion, which was designed not for any religious purpose but purely as an indulgence. Its uncertain provenance has added to its charm. This focus volume reassesses this extraordinary piece in the context of other similar luxury objects, analysing specifically the fountain's history, functionality, materials, and style.