Hand-carved in northern Italy, circa 1800, this lobed basin was crafted from beautiful Verona rosso marble, most likely as a holy water receptacle in a church. Known for its reddish color and light veining, this particular marble has a wonderful rose color with light gray, cream, and brown veining. Thick gadroon lobes adorn the outside of the oval basin, beneath a quarter-round rim under a raised molding. The timeless carvings and warm color of the marble can be paired with just about any style of interior design. Our Italian lobed basin would make a fantastic decorative bowl on a foyer center table or coffee table. It could also be used as a unique sink in a powder room or bathroom.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and minor losses. Light age separations and buildup to the interior, commensurate with age and use. The marble is not polished to a high sheen, but an application of linseed oil would make the stone appear more vibrant. To use it as a sink basin, a drainage hole would need to be created using a tungsten drill bit without percussion.