Originally used as a lavoir, this large trough was hand-carved from a single block of limestone. Hailing from Charleval, in the South of France, the trough dates to around 1800. The inclination to the flat surface (it is 14 inches deep) would have been used to scrub laundry with soap, allowing the suds to flow into the basin below (which has a drainage hole in the front). Its edges have been carved in a raw manner that enhances the character and charm. Exposure to the elements, coupled with 220+ years of use has given the light gray stone a variegated gray, pink, and black patina. Today, this unique antique stone trough from the South of France would make for an interesting and unique fountain element or garden planter.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, such as buildup to the interior and acceptable losses and cavitations.