The Conclusion of the Tureen Fountain in the Campodei Fiori
With these documents, it would be possible to recreate this fountain. By created an elongated pool, located on the bottom level, much like those located in the Piazza Navona, with a sunk in basin this fountain could be recreated. The water feature would also have four smaller areas that would be located toward the end and the rims would be decorated with four dolphins. Used in a similar fountain, the pool is in a boat shape and was recreated for the Campo dei Fiori created from this fountain. The square the fountain was located in was very popular. Many people who sold animals would go to the central location often. The center was also visited by the poor and used for entertaining the regular working class. The Campo Di Fiore offered great amusement for many. A market was also located in this centralized location and open-air dances and festival were held here. These festivals brought in money for the town, which we can approximate to be about 50 scudi a month.
You would think that children would have been sitting in the fountain, damaging it, but that was not the case. Kids stayed out of the fountain because there were certain requirements on who fountains should be kept clean. There was an actual edict, from November 12, 1710 that stated a certain collection of fountains were prohibited from entering, diving, throwing in earth, rubble, stones, ashes, manure, dung, grass, bark or peelings, dirty or stinking water, rags, dead animals or other sort of trash. They could not be used to to wash clothing, herbs, chicory, salad vegetables, grain, it was absolutely forbidden and if the act was committed it would cost fifty scudi as well as three lashes would be inflicted upon them while the public watched. It was also stated that the statues that were surrounding the fountains were actually watching those who would commit such crimes against the fountain.
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