Image of the feature "Fonts: Font" at Hartland.
by Hazel Gardiner.
The plinth has upward-facing heads carved into the angles. All look rather miserable and the NW head has a pronounced down-turn to his mouth.
The base, which is integral to the plinth, is carved with intersecting, semi-circular flat bands with three pellets in each of the interstices. This is followed by a torus carved with nested chevron, of the profile: roll; roll.
The stem, in two sections, is carved with zigzag, followed above by a roll with nested chevron above, of the same profile as the torus, but going in the opposite direction.
The large square font takes the form of a multi-scallop capital. The shields on E and N faces are plain, but those on S and W are carved with a symmetrical double-scrolled ornament. At the angles of the bowl on the underside are heads, looking down at those on the plinth. All of these heads are bearded with double-incised eyes. Volute-like forms replace the shields at the angles.
Each face of the bowl has intersecting arches comprising a row of nailhead between two small rolls. On S and W faces above this is a second band of intersecting arches. That on the W face has pellets in the lower interstices. Above this the face is stepped about 0.06 m below the top.
Lead lined. Cream colour limestone. The rim is obscured by the lead lining but repairs to E and W rims are visible.
|d. of bowl||0.22 m|
|h of bowl||0. 29 m|
|h. of plinth||0.27 m|
|Total h.||0.92 m|
|w.||0.65 m x 0.67 m|