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 French limestone trough or sink most likely in the early- to mid-1800s. Hand-carved from one piece, the light gray stone is roughly square, with areas of brown, white, and black patina (although one side has considerably less accumulation). The wall of the interior is 2 ¾ inches thick, with a small, recessed molding that is ¾ of an inch thick. A drainage hole in one corner allows the trough to be used as a garden planter or the basin of a courtyard fountain. The trough would also make a wonderful farmhouse sink.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with acceptable losses, commensurate with age and exposure to the elements. Light buildup to the interior, also from 120-180 years of use. Stone can change color with exposure to the elements. Please contact us for a current photo of the patina.