|The Encelade in 1693|
The statue in the centre is engraved with the name of Gaspard de Marsy. The entire fountain is surrounded by a walkway neatly shaded by a trellis corridor. Roses are climbing in and out of the openings.
It is quite possible that the theme was carefully chosen. The Greek myth of Enceladus is about the ambitious Enceladus who attempted to climb the rocks to the Olympus (home of the gods). As a punishment for his audacity, Jupiter unleashed a rain of stones to smash him. Quite a fitting metaphor for a young King who is eager to place the nobility firmly beneath his heel.