Reconciling the ancient and modern world

Both heirs to the stone-cutters of the 17th century and workers using contemporary techniques, masons ensure that all the restoration will endure. They work on all the structures of the fountain, from the underground galleries dug out in the 17th century to the system for securing the marble sculptures


Masons are removing the Latona fountain
Masons are removing the Latona fountain © EPV / Thomas Garnier

A radical overhaul for a durable restoration   
The centuries-old underground structures were the first affected by the reinforcement and waterproofing operations. Stone after stone, the masons took down the cut stone vaults of the ‘spider’ room and the underground galleries leading to it. Then they will put them back in place while replacing every damaged stone. The structures supporting the fountain (a central pillar below the group of Latona and her Children and a peripheral crown) will be reinforced using contemporary materials and a series of vertical piles rammed deeply into the ground (8 to 10 metres).
Removing the basin : the masons at work
Removing the Latona fountain's masonry © EPV / Thomas Garnier

Under the marble, the lead
The marble facings that decorate the fountain have been considerably damaged by problems of leaking that have worsened over the years. In spring 2013, these marble facing slabs were removed and entrusted to the marble restorers. This will make it possible to completely overhaul the waterproofing system of the different basins of the fountain. To do so, the masons will use the same material as in the original system: lead. They will also improve this system which did not make allowance for the problems linked to the dilatation of the material, by forming folded lead tables a half centimetre thick that they will then install between the basins and the marble facings.

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