Stone troughs have been used to water livestock in rural Europe for many centuries so it’s often difficult to date them. However, it is known that they were replaced by cast iron models in the mid-19th century, placing the creation of this stone trough in the early 1800’s.
Hand-carved in limestone from the Burgundy region of southeastern France, the trough has a drainage hole in a side wall of the basin. The cream-colored stone has textured sides and the interior walls slope inward toward the bottom. Today, most people use stone troughs as outdoor planters, but they can also be used as basins when paired with a spouted fountain element. It could also be used as a farmhouse style sink.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor age separations and discoloration to the interior. Stone is a natural material that can change color with exposure to the elements. Various superficial nicks and losses.