Fontaine du Fellah, Paris

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The Fontaine du Fellah, also known as the Egyptian Fountain, located at 52 rue de Sèvres in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, next to the entrance of the Vaneau metro station, was built in 1806 during the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, in the neo-Egyptian style inspired by Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. It is the work of architect François-Jean Bralle and sculptor Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet.
The Fontaine du Fellah was one of fifteen fountains constructed by Napoleon to provide fresh drinking water to the population of Paris, and to commemorate his military campaigns. (See Fountains in Paris). The fountain was constructed against the wall of what was then the hospital for incurable patients. It was the work of architect François-Jean Bralle, the chief engineer of the water supply for the city of Paris, who also was responsible for reconstructing the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Garden and several other fountains. The sculptural decoration was by Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet, who also worked on the decoration of the column in Place Vendôme, and made busts of many revolutionary figures. The present statue is a copy made of Beauvalet's original by Jean-François Gechter.
The fountain was in working order until 2005, when it was shut down because of leakage into the nearby Vaneau Metro Station.
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  • It was almost impossible get a close-up view of this fountain when I emerged from the Vaneau Metro Station in the 7th Arrondissement. The fountain stands just to the right against a wall after...  more »
  • We were walking along Rue des Sevres when we came across this unusual fountain of an Egyptian boy. We have since found out that Fountaine du Fellah was built in the Napolionic era. Worth a look.  more »
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  • the fountain was called the Egyptian fountain or fellah fountain but seems rather inspired by the statue of Antinous which was the favorite of an Egyptian pharaoh. A remnant of Egypt's vogue during Napoleon's time
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  • Having wanted to demonstrate leadership in terms of seduction, I hastened to draw of the damsel in need of art egyptisant. What was not my disappointment by noting that the space around had no comfortable area where to put our bed (we share), forthwith. Worse, many trash littered the ground. Already my plans were upset, the statue was in a State of the most deplorable of an execution referring to the darkest hours of the Pharaonic Egypt.
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