Type Statue , Fountain
The bronze figure of the goddess Terpsichore, the Muse of Choral Dance and Song, is represented as a young woman singing and holding a lyre and a coronal of palms. She stands in a large stone bowl decorated with gargoyle spouts, and this is placed in the centre of a ground level stone basin. This is the first of Bloye's fountains with female figures, begun in 1932, and is an interpretation of the Spirit of Youth, showing that, as Bloye wrote, "the loveliness of seventeen is centuries old."(1) W.A. Cadbury, a director of the firm, considered that youth had "played a very big part in the creation and progress of this business of our".(2)
In 1931, Bloye, the 'well-known Birmingham sculptor' was commissioned to produce a fountain for the centenary of the Cadbury factory as a gift from the employees to the firm.(3)
The goddess Terpsichore, the Muse of Choral Dance and Song.
The inscription carved around the rim of the pool includes an indirect quotation from a passage in Theodore Dreiser's novel Jennie Gerhardt (published 1911)
'FROM THE EMPLOYEES TO THE FIRM OF CADBURY IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR CENTENARY 1831-1931 / ONE HUNDRED TIMES THE SWALLOWS TO THE EAVE'
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